Renowned Research Collections, Excellent Service
The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) was founded in 1977.
It grew out of cooperation dating from 1933 between the academic
research libraries of Duke University and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, which expanded to include North Carolina State
University in the 1950s, and North Carolina Central University in 1995.
TRLN currently facilitates access to print and electronic scholarly
materials for these four university communities, which together
comprise one of the premiere research collections in the United States.
Through cooperative collection development, member libraries maximize
the number of unique holdings in the region, and increase the breadth
and depth of their collections in ways that would not be possible
Renowned Research Collections
of the academic programs at Duke, NCCU, NCSU, and UNC-Chapel Hill - in
the sciences, social sciences, and humanities - are unique to a single
campus in the Triangle. Not only are these programs supported by
tailored collections at their respective institution's libraries, but
they also benefit by the combined offerings of TRLN. Together, the
collections of the TRLN libraries form the second largest academic
research collection in the nation with over 14 million volumes. With
access to more than 125,000 journal subscriptions, materials in dozens
of languages, and unique special collections at each institution, TRLN
libraries support research and teaching in hundreds of disciplines
ranging from biomedical engineering, law, environmental sciences, to
southern history. Each library is also developing new areas of strength
such as genomics, Middle East studies, water economy, and global health
to match growing areas of emphasis at TRLN institutions. The research
areas listed here are only examples of the breadth and depth of
subjects covered by the scholarly collections of the TRLN member
libraries. For more comprehensive descriptions, visit the collections
pages for each institution.
Selective Subject Strengths
history, American newspapers (mid 19th - mid 20th centuries), church
history & Methodism, history of economic thought, history of
medicine and science, international studies and international law,
labor history, Southern Americana, and women's studies.
North Carolina Central University
African American studies and practitioner-oriented materials in U.S. federal law.
North Carolina State University
Computer science, engineering, agriculture, veterinary medicine, textiles, design, architecture, and geographic information.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Business and economics, classics, dramatic art, folklore, French, German, journalism, music,
population studies, public health, sociology, Southern and Afro-Americana.
Together, TRLN member libraries provide outstanding collections in
key areas such as business, law, medicine and health sciences,
biomedical engineering, genomics, and area studies along with unique
primary materials available through each institution's rich special
collections. TRLN member libraries engage in formal and informal
cooperation building complementary collections that enhance each
institution's strengths. Formal cooperation is characterized by
initiatives such as:
- joint purchase and licensing of databases and electronic journals;
- the South Asia cooperative collections program and shared South Asia bibliographer; and
- cooperative use of online selection tools that communicate purchasing decisions among selectors at each institution.
Accessing the Combined Collections
Committed service is an essential part of maximizing the
value of TRLN's prominent collections for faculty, students, and staff
at each institution. TRLN offers expedited document delivery of journal
articles and circulating items from any of the four institutions.
Faculty members, currently enrolled students, administration officials,
and members of the university staffs may also obtain direct borrowing
privileges from any TRLN member library by presenting their valid
TRLN patrons benefit from:
- seamless access for authenticated users to jointly licensed electronic journals and databases;
- direct borrowing privileges from member libraries; and
- delivery of available library materials within 48 hours.
Joint Licensing - Enhanced Access at Lower Costs
TRLN collectively licenses electronic journals and databases to
expand access to scholarly content for faculty, staff, and students at
each of its member institutions. The shared licensed content of TRLN
institutions promotes research and teaching, fosters collaboration, and
supports innovation. Collaborative licensing through TRLN is an
important part of each institution's strategy to provide enduring
access to a growing universe of scholarly information. TRLN has
multiplied the buying power of its member institutions, and compared to
the general marketplace, contained the rise of information costs
through favorable contract terms. (see Statistics
for more information). Since it began the joint purchasing of
electronic materials in 1996, TRLN's cooperative efforts have resulted
in the annual licensing of more than $4.5 million dollars worth of
scholarly content and 1,600 electronic journals, adding significantly
to the research and scholarly resources available to patrons at its
four member institutions while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The combination of expanded content at a lower cost amounts to a
competitive edge for scholars and students.
See Statistics for more details about the collections and resource savings provided through TRLN cooperative efforts.
For more information about the principles and guidelines TRLN
adheres to in collaboratively licensing scholarly information, see http://www.trln.org/eresource/PrinciplesAndGuidelines.pdf.