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Center for Research Libraries (CRL) FAQ

As part of our Interlibrary Loan service, CU Libraries borrows materials that are not available in the CU Libraries from other libraries and vendors. This includes materials not owned by CU Libraries, as well as items that are checked out, lost or missing.


CU faculty/students may borrow materials from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) which is an international not-for-profit consortium of colleges, universities, and libraries.


Am I eligible?

Current CU faculty, staff and students may use this service.

What can I request?

We will try to obtain any type of library material. CRL will lend any quantity of material in any format to members though fragile items may be delivered digitally rather than in hard copy.

How do I place a request?

First, check Chinook, the CU Libraries catalog and Prospector (Colorado libraries)

If you cannot find what you need, log into ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system and place your request.

How long will it take?

Plan ahead when requesting materials. Turnaround time for traditional ILL varies widely, depending upon where the material is available.

Where do I pick up my materials?

Materials must be picked up at Norlin. (Map) (Hours)

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for this service.

How long can I check material out?

Material checks out for three months with unlimited renewals. However, all material may be recalled after two weeks use if requested by another member institution or project participant.

How do I return materials?

You must return materials to Norlin. (Map) (Hours)

Please do NOT return them directly to CRL.

How do I get help with problems with or information about CRL Loan requests?

Please contact: