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Once you've found an item, request it using VCU Libraries Interlibrary Loan services.

To request an item not found, contact Shirley Thomas, srthomas@vcu.edu, (804) 828-1706.

U.S. Newspapers


  • Late 1700s to the present
  • Over 4,500 U.S. newspapers, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Specialized newspapers, such as those of the Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Newspapers from the New Deal era
  • Early African American papers
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International Newspapers


  • Late 1700s to the present
  • Over 6,500 newspapers from around the world
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Foreign Dissertations


  • Over 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • Request the purchase of a foreign dissertation
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Law and Government -- U.S.


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Law and Government -- Non-U.S.


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Agriculture, Science and Technology


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Archive of Reference Materials


CRL coordinates the Reference Books Archive Project as part of its strategic plan to provide a framework for cooperative preservation of physical materials. Older reference sources may not be present in newer digital formats. Initially, 25 titles have been selected for this ongoing project, and include: Books in Print, Encyclopedia of Associations, Statesman's Year-Book, and Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

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Monograph Archive


CRL currently holds more than 500,000 monographs in a variety of formats available for access by member libraries. Microfilming projects ensure the continued availability of crucial research, including literature, art, theater, music, science, and other fields.

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