Phase One

The UKRR pilot project ran from January 2007 to August 2008, and was a response to the changing demands faced by Higher Education libraries.

Increasing pressure on space within HE institutions, along with the widespread availability of e-journals, prompted many managers of research collections to rethink how they provide access to back-runs of journals. By matching their print holdings with those of other Higher Education libraries, members were able to build a collaborative collection to safeguard access to print journals for researchers, whilst realising significant space savings. Over 11,000 metres of shelf space was released, whilst access for researchers to low-use print journals was maintained.

Space released through de-duplication in phase one permitted Imperial College London to create new study spaces and IT facilities.

As a benefit to the university sector as a whole, this can be seen as equivalent to a saving in recurrent estates costs of £308,000 per year and a capital value approaching £3.8 million.

The success of the pilot project resulted in HEFCE agreeing to fund an extension of the UKRR programme for a further five years.

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