UK Research Reserve

Added by Sarah on 22 July 2009

The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) is a collaboration between higher education libraries and the British Library to secure long-term access to printed journals.

The Research Information Network provides the secretariat for the Advisory Board for the UK Research Reserve (UKRR). This is a groundbreaking collaboration between higher education libraries and the British Library to secure the long term retention of and access to low-use printed research journals.

Following a successful 18-month pilot, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has provided nearly ?10m to fund this initiative, which will be led by Imperial College, over the next five years.

The British Library will store low-use journals for the higher education community and make them available to researchers and others, using state-of-the-art ordering and delivery systems. At least two additional copies will be identified and stored in libraries in the higher education sector.

The UKRR will ensure that printed journals are preserved for the long-term and that researchers across the UK have access to them. That has to be good for the UK research community. It will also facilitate the efficient use of resources across the higher education sector, allowing universities to reduce the space needed for journal storage and adapt it for new purposes, including research and learning workspaces.

Visit the UKRR’s website.


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