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.



Collaborative Monograph Storage Feasibility Study Published

The National Monograph Steering Group commissioned report "Feasibility Study on Monographs" is now available and can be downloaded here.


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.