For access and preservation, the scarcity process ensures a copy of every print journal offered is held at the British Library, and another within the UKRR community.
In order for us to ensure no scarce issue is disposed of, the service utilises a central database to record holdings at issue level - the NAtional Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK - previously SUNCAT) and has the functionality to:
- Create up-to-date holdings information on the database to support cross checking
- Allows scarcity checking and recording of second copy holders.
More information about scarcity and how UKRR preserves rare items are in these guides