Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
Established 1974
Location Colorado; Wyoming

The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries is an association of a number of libraries in Colorado and Wyoming.


The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries was established in 1974. One major purpose of the Alliance is to share resources and provide the best terms and price to its members by group purchasing.[1] Projects of the Alliance over the years include:

  • Prospector, a unified catalog of academic, public, and other libraries in Colorado and Wyoming (current)
  • Gold Rush, a database of online article resources (fulltext journals and abstracts) and access options (current)
  • Alliance Digital Repository, a consortial repository service supporting the preservation of, management of, and access to digital content (current)
  • CARL and UnCover (historical)

Prospector also provides a faster and more convenient mechanism for interlibrary loans from member libraries, which can be ordered by patrons directly from the catalog.

CARL and UnCover

CARL started as a character-based access system to resources, in particular catalogs of participating libraries as they were being computerized, available via dialup long before the advent of World Wide Web. The CARL system eventually included a subset of Dialog. The flagship CARL product was UnCover, an article index database. UnCover provides free article search and access to the article text for a fee. CARL was spun off in 1988[2] into a for-profit company, later owned by Knight-Ridder[3] and then Dialog[4] before becoming briefly Uncover, Inc. In 2000, UnCover has been acquired by Ingenta[5] and is now accessible as a part of Ingentaconnect.

Member libraries

These libraries are members of the Alliance:

Arthur Lakes LibraryColorado School of Mines
Auraria LibraryCommunity College of Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver
University of Colorado Denver - Denver Campus
CSU LibrariesColorado State University
Denver Public LibraryN/A
Douglas County Libraries N/A
Health Sciences LibraryUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
Jefferson County LibraryN/A
Kraemer Family LibraryUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Penrose LibraryUniversity of Denver
Regis LibrariesRegis University
Tomlinson LibraryColorado Mesa University
Tutt LibraryColorado College
University LibrariesUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
UNC LibrariesUniversity of Northern Colorado
UW LibrariesUniversity of Wyoming


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