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Resources for College Libraries (RCL) is a database that covers the two- and four-year college curriculum, providing a list of core titles essential for undergraduate teaching and research. Co-published by ACRL’s Choice and ProQuest, the RCL database is designed to connect high-quality titles to higher education institutions, all in an easy-to-use, responsive interface.

The RCL database is available in three subscription options, allowing you to select the content that suits your institution’s curriculum and collection development needs: RCL, RCL: Career Resources, and RCL Plus.

RCL titles are selected by practicing subject bibliographers and peer-reviewed by academic librarians and faculty, ensuring that the most essential current and canonical titles are included.

RCL supports library workflows for:

  • Collection development, assessment, and management
  • Benchmarking using qualitative data
  • Research and instruction services
  • Accreditation reports
  • New program support
  • Strategic and fiscal planning
  • Subject liaison outreach
  • Curriculum-planning

The editorial development of RCL is managed independently by CHOICE, a publishing unit of ACRL, and continues a fifty-year history of recommending the best books for college libraries.

The RCL database features:

  • 95,000+ records across 125 curriculum-driven subject disciplines
  • 4,500 new titles added each year, on average
  • LC classification for search and browse
  • Connect directly to local catalog holdings
  • Peer-reviewed by over 500 librarians and faculty

Visual discovery with Syndetics Unbound

RCL database users now have more ways to discover core titles with visual data enrichments from Syndetics Unbound™ including: Professional Reviews, Awards, You May Also Like, Look Inside, Tags, and more. These interactive discovery elements help users explore RCL’s curated core recommendations through linked metadata and book cover images.

Full-text reviews

RCL contains selected full-text Choice reviews and easy identifiers for Choice Outstanding Academic Titles.

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