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.

UKRR is now in Phase Two, and is continuing its work building a sustainable national research collection. Having received funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), it has the ambitious target of releasing 100 km of shelf space by 2015.



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.


LIBER 2016

UKRR will present a poster entitled ‘UK Research Reserve – the journey of de-duplication continues’ at LIBER 2016. More here.


Directors' Workshop

UKRR held a Directors' Workshop on the 1st of June 2016 to explore the future of UKRR and the potential for a type of UKRR for monographs. More here.


European Print Initiatives Collaboration (EPICo)

The formation of the working group EPICo is agreed between seven European print initiatives. More here.