Although the holdings of the libraries at the University of Florida constitute the largest library in the state, it is often necessary to go beyond the libraries' resources to support the research of our faculty and students.  To facilitate access to resources not held at UF, the UF libraries have joined with other institutions in a number of consortia that have developed special programs to share resources.  UF receives many benefits through these agreements; primary among them is, of course, access to highly specialized resources owned by other institutions.  But they also allow us to influence national legislation in areas important to scholars such as copyright and contract law and to save money and time on cataloging library materials through shared databases.  They allow us to build national and international collections of rarely used scholarly materials like foreign dissertations and newspapers which can be borrowed for lengthy time periods for local scholarly use.  They allow us to receive grants for preserving our unique library resources and to send staff to training events at affordable prices.  Our participation in these organizations greatly improves the quality of library service for UF faculty and students. 
Many materials that are not held at UF can be quickly located and borrowed through one of these cooperative programs.  Consult with a reference librarian to take advantage of these services. Publications describing specialized services are available at reference and circulation desks throughout the libraries.  Among the programs in which we participate are:
  • CRL - Center for Research Libraries, UF's branch library in Chicago, is a five million volume collection of rarely held research materials specializing in area studies--Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  But there are many other strong collections too.  It holds the largest collection in the world of international dissertations including those of most European universities.  The most comprehensive file of US college catalogs resides at the center, which also has very strong holdings in science publications from the USSR and Russia.  It has the strongest collection of pre-1950 US state
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