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Case Study: Making resources go further

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The UK Research Reserve, a national shared service, will save the Higher Education sector

£37 million

over five years.

The British Library supports UK Higher Education through its collections and services and its partnership and strategic activities. In one of the year’s key developments, 14 additional higher education institutions joined the UK Research Reserve (UKRR), bringing the total to 29 when membership closed.

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Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and managed by a partnership between the British Library and the Higher Education sector, the UKRR safeguards the long-term future of printed research journals. The Library stores low-use journals and makes them available through state-of-the-art ordering and delivery systems at Boston Spa, ensuring quick and easy access for researchers. By eliminating duplication of their research journal collections, it is estimated Higher Education libraries will have saved 100 km of shelf space by 2013.

‘The range of universities now committed to the UKRR demonstrates the understanding in the Higher Education sector of the many advantages of this kind of collaboration for research resources with the British Library,’ says Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE Chief Executive.

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