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 de-duplicated 74 km of shelf space while retaining approximately 18,800 scarce holdings.
UKRR aims to launch Phase 3 of the project later this year.