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Benefits of Membership

Foremost among the benefits is the ability to better support faculty and students in their teaching, learning and research, and to advance the institutional mission. Additionally, members benefit from making their resources visible and integral in documenting the Catholic heritage. Members benefit from their leadership roles in shaping the Catholic portal and the dynamic network of institutions committed to ensuring Catholic research resources are accessible now and in the future to scholars worldwide.


For the library

  • Support faculty and students with increased capacity for scholarly research across the disciplines
  • Expand access to the library’s rare, unique, and/or uncommon resources
  • Contribute local resources to the global virtual library of Catholic research materials
  • Maximize staff expertise and resources through collaboration 
  • Shape the future of the growing network of librarians, archivists and scholars committed to ensuring global access to Catholic research resources

For the institution

  • Advance the teaching, scholarship and research mission
  • Promote the current scholarship and historic work of your institution
  • Support Catholic Studies as a field of scholarship and research
  • Support the dissemination of knowledge and formation of spirit globally especially to underserved or less wealthy areas
  • Position the institution as a leader in making the Catholic scholarly record freely available to all


Revised Spring 2015

"We wanted to showcase the foundational works of our Spiritan Order and the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, making these digital resources accessible through the portal so Catholic scholars will find them. CRRA membership positions our university with other prestigious Catholic institutions. In addition, several librarians have contributed to CRRA by leading and serving on committees and by developing research tools such as LibGuides on Catholic topics."

--Dr. Laverna Saunders, University Librarian (retired), Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA