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.
Introducing Bowker Book Analysis System (BBAS), the newly updated library collection management tool from ProQuest. This powerful collection-assessment tool eliminates tedious manual comparison via customized reports for data cleansing and management, and compares your library holdings against the comprehensive core bibliography of Resources for College Libraries (RCL). BBAS provides instant identification of the gaps and overlaps in your monograph collection—so you can make better informed selection decisions, while saving time and resources for your library.
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:
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.
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.
RCL contains selected full-text Choice reviews and easy identifiers for Choice Outstanding Academic Titles.