The aims of our activity in this area are to ensure that:
In 2011-12 we provided funding of £6.54 million to support the five designated national research libraries.
These libraries play a major part in the national research infrastructure and accommodate collections of international importance. Our funding is provided to contribute to the additional costs incurred by these libraries in providing a service to the UK HE sector.
We commissioned Professor Sir Ivor Crewe to conduct a review of HEFCE funding for research libraries. The review examined whether firm reasons for continued funding remain, and whether the current level and focus of the funding is still relevant in light of new technologies and changes in research library practice.
The subsequent report recommended that a number of academic libraries should be designated as National Research Libraries (NRLs) and should receive supplementary funding. Under the criteria for NRL status, libraries must:
The following were designated as NRLs:
Page last updated 10 November 2011