According to the website, "The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports original research and inspired teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars a wealth of rare and uncommon primary source materials from all world regions." As a member library, UT students and faculty have access to the CRL collections, some in electronic format, others in microfilm or paper. Requests to borrow material from CRL are made through UT's interlibrary loan. The collections on specific countries and topics may be found by searching the CRL catalog.