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.



Phase Three expression of interest!

With Phase Two ending in January 2015 we invite expressions of interest in UKRR Phase Three.

For more information and to register see here.



UKRR keynote at Harvard Library Symposium

Sir Drummond Bone and Debby Shorley will share UKRR’s experience at Harvard University Print Storage Symposium. More here.


IFLA Satellite Conference 2014

UKRR will be discussing collaborative storage at the IFLA satellite conference on space and collections. More here.


UKRR at UKSG 2014

UKRR will be running breakout sessions at the UKSG Annual Conference in April. More here.


EDINA Serials Forum

UKRR's Daryl Yang speaks at EDINA's serials management event. More here.


Oxford UKRR Forum

UKRR took part in an Oxford University Library Services event to inform staff about the programme. More here.