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How we are working with the UK Research Reserve

We are supporting the UK Research Reserve (UKRR) in partnership with the British Library and higher education libraries. The aim of the reserve is to preserve research journals that are not used regularly and make it easy for researchers to access these journals in the long term.

With the British Library we have funded the reserve in three phases. The first of these ran until 2008 and released over 11,000 metres of shelving from eight higher education libraries. From 2008, we committed £9.84 million to phase two of UKRR. This second phase aimed to release up to 100 kilometres of shelf space, saving the sector up to £29 million in capital funds.

In 2015, we committed a further £1.1 million to support a third phase of UKRR, seeking to transition the reserve on to a future-proof, self-sustaining model. Alongside this, we are working with Jisc, Research Libraries UK, SCONUL and the British Library to undertake a feasibility study into the strategic management of library book collections.

Page last updated 11 July 2016