Introduction

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.

New monograph report available

A report of the findings of a survey of the community done earlier this year assessing the appetite and potential for a potential UKRR for monographs in the context that it is likely 'rareness is common' among academic library collections is now available. There are full and condensed versions available.

UKRR becoming sutainable service

The end of Phase 3 of UKRR will mark the end of the project as funded by HEFCE/Research England, and the British Library will begin to deliver UKRR as a business-as-usual service.

To aid this transition and the work it entails, no new lists will be accepted from institutions until the new service is in place, in Spring 2019. Those that have already been scheduled will be processed as agreed. We will be running information sessions about the new service in early 2019.

UKRR and British Library Workshop

UKRR and the British Library will jointly host a workshop in London on 20th July 2018 to discuss UKRR’s future beyond the HEFCE-funded phase. See here for further details and how to register.