The University of Glasgow Library is participating in the Centre for Research Libraries' (CRL) Global Collections Initiative. The initial development phase focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean but there are plans to expand to other regions in future years. For the duration of the development phase, members of the University of Glasgow can access GCI Latin American resources at no cost.

The initiative seeks to expand electronic access to primary source materials and data for area and international studies. In cooperation with institutions in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, and Latin America, the GCI will invest resources in three major areas of activity:

  • Providing electronic access to primary source documentation through digitization
  • Establishing a framework for collective dealings with publishers and other vendors of key databases for Area and International Studies
  • Assessing area studies web archiving practices, and creating a sustainable plan for ongoing capture and archiving of born-digital source materials

GCI participants have access to the rich resources pertaining to Latin America held by CRL in microform and digital formats:

  • Historical and current newspapers published in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Political, economic, and cultural journals
  • Government documents and archival resources
  • Statistical reports and census information
  • Publications pertaining to the Latin American Diaspora

Discovery and access

The Global Collections Initiative website provides catalogue access to the Latin American collections. For more information on the CRL Latin American collections see Topic Guide to Latin American Studies & CRL blog about GCI Latin America

  • Digital delivery of materials scanned in response to loan requests, and to other collections digitised by CRL for research and teaching;
  • Document delivery of articles and chapters sent through ARIEL document delivery
  • Interlibrary loan access to a collection of 3.5-million microform resources, including a 90-day loan period, renewable loan periods on request, and fourth-day delivery on most requests

Requesting materials from CRL

The method of resource delivery will depend on whether it is in microfilm or digital format. 

  • Microfilms are available as an Inter-Library Loan for 90 days within five working days. In order to request a Global Collections Initiative ILL, please email, quoting the title of the resource and the permanent URL for the catalogue record, together with any additional information about issue numbers, date of publication ranges etc
  • Online resources can be viewed directly your browser
  • Articles can be requested by document delivery in PDF format by emailing

It is also possible to apply for on-demand digitization of a resource on a discretionary basis. If you would like to explore this option, please email

If you have any questions about this service, please email, in the first instance.

Other benefits

  • Free participation in CRL collection webinars, workshops, and forums
  • Individualized resource searches available through User Services

Proposals for digitization of Latin American Resources A – Z

Participating GCI librarians and scholars provide information on the CRL Global Collections website about collections, archives and data sets of interest to area and international studies research. Participating institutions put proposals for the creation of new digital resources forward and colleagues can vote on the merits of each one.  

Other European & Latin American Institutions also participating in the Global Collections Initiative

  • The Iberoamerikanisches Institut  
  • The University of Rostock   
  • The German National Library of Economics
  • Colegio de México
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas 
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of London, Institute of Latin American Studies
  • University of Oxford, Bodleian Latin American Centre Library