The Lafayette Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries, so Lafayette students, faculty, and staff have access to CRL’s rich collection of over 5 million volumes, including international newspapers, U.S. ethnic newspapers, and foreign dissertations.

CRL materials include:

Digital Collections


  • Newspapers from every country of Sub-Saharan Africa and spans from 1800 to the present.
  • Hundreds of major newspapers published in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean
  • Long runs of major newspapers published in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries
  • Strong holdings in Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Philippine newspapers
  • U.S. newspapers produced by or for ethnic communities from the 1700s through the present day
  • Search the newspapers catalog

Government documents and publications

  • Census reports, legislative journals, official gazettes, and archival collections
  • Extensive runs of ministerial reports from Latin American countries
  • Archives of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1868–1945)
  • Executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil’s national government between 1821 and 1993

Journals and magazines

  • Early trade and industrial journals from both the U.S. and foreign countries
  • Christian missionary society periodicals
  • Magazines published by the right wing extremist factions and parties that arose in Russia and the former Soviet republics in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Search serials catalog

Foreign dissertations

Locating and obtaining materials

You can identify CRL materials you’d like to use by searching the CRL Catalog. You’ll also find records for CRL’s digital materials included in the Lafayette Library Catalog. You can also learn more about CRL’s offerings by consulting one of their many Topic Guides.

Interlibrary loan requests for CRL materials can be placed directly from the CRL Catalog. There’s no limit to the number of items that can be requested, loan periods are six months, and renewals are unlimited unless the item has been recalled for another researcher. CRL also delivers materials in digital format to support research and teaching, and a growing number of digital collections are available. The Center’s “Demand Purchase Program” even allows Lafayette users to request the purchase of foreign dissertations, newspapers, and microform archives not already available in the collection.