These uncatalogued collections include: dissertations from universities outside of the U.S. and Canada (700,000 titles); U.S. state publications (1.2 million volumes); U.S. and foreign college catalogues (241,000 volumes); textbooks (85,000 volumes); and foreign documents (33,000 volumes). Information on all of these collections is available in the CRL Handbook, available in the Humanities and Social Sciences Reference
area at call number Z 733 C397 1990.
As a member of the Center for Research Libraries, the University of Alberta Library System is able to offer its patrons extended interlibrary loan service from the entire CRL collection, including many items not available for loan from other institutions (e.g. newspapers). The loan period is 4 months, with the option to renew for as long as needed, subject to recall after 2 weeks if requested by another reader.
It includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies.