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, we require:
- A central database to record holdings at issue level. This is currently SUNCAT, but from 1 August 2019 the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) will take over this role.
- Up-to-date holdings information on the central database to enable cross checking
- Scarcity checking and recording of second copy holders on Suncat/NBK.
More information about scarcity and how UKRR preserves rare items are in these guides