Broad Cooperative Agreements
Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
Membership in CRL provides UCB with access to an extended collection of specialized research collections with a particular focus on international and area studies, government documents at all levels, microformats and recently electronic resources. UCB participates in most of CRL's area-based preservation and access programs, including those outlined below under area-specific agreements.
The Library Exchange Program seeks to meet two fundamental goals: acquisition of materials not otherwise available and cost-effective acquisition of materials also available by purchase. To this end, the Exchange Program maintains over 925 active exchange agreements with academic, scientific, and governmental institutions in virtually every country in the world and obtains approximately 5,000 serial titles and 2,500 monographs per year.
Library of Congress Cooperative Acquisitions Programs
Since 1962 the Library of Congress has maintained offices abroad to acquire, catalog, preserve, and distribute library and research materials from countries where such materials are essentially unavailable through conventional acquisitions methods. These offices conduct Cooperative Acquisitions Programs (CAP) that are open to library and research institutions wishing to acquire publications from the countries covered by the programs. Participating libraries deposit funds with the Library of Congress annually to cover the projected cost of the materials, binding, and shipping, plus administrative costs. Berkeley participates in six programs outlined below under area-specific agreements.
Research Library Cooperative Program (Stanford and the University of Texas, Austin)
RLCP is based upon a direct lending program allowing UCB faculty and graduate students expedited access to the research collections at Stanford and the University of Texas, Austin. A cooperative collection development program in Latin American studies has been developed around this institutional partnership.