The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) is a collaborative distributed national research collection managed by a partnership between the Higher Education sector and the British Library. It allows Higher Education libraries to de-duplicate their journal holdings of a title if two copies are held by other UKRR members, ensuring continued access to low-use journals, whilst allowing libraries to release space to meet the changing needs of their users.

Phase One of UKRR showed the effectiveness of creating a shared collection of low-use journals, with eight Higher Education libraries releasing over 11,000 metres of shelving through coordinated de-duplication.

With funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE),UKRR continued its work of building a sustainable national research collection in Phase 2. In Phase 2, UKRR has processed nearly 95km of shelf space while retaining approximately 18,800 scarce holdings.

UKRR is now in Phase 3 and aims to work with all libraries who wish to make informed decisions about their low-use print collections.



Visit by ReCAP

In February we were most pleased to welcome Jacob Nadal from the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP) to UKRR for a meeting to share experiences and insights from each project.


Monograph Study Commissioned

The National Monograph Steering Group (of which UKRR is part) has commissioned Information Power Ltd to conduct a feasibility study on monographs, and has had an initial project meeting with Information Power.


Invitation to Tender

UKRR, SCONUL and RLUK have issued a joint tender for a feasibility study on monographs. More here.