Scarcity

Thesis documents

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


What is UKRR?

UKRR saves space in libraries by de-duplicating print journals.

LARCH

Linked Automated Register of Collaborative Holdings. The system was introduced in UKRR Phase 2 and was designed based on the requirements agreed between the UKRR, the British Library and UKRR member libraries.

Scope

We accept academic print journals, in a robust and stable condition, suitable for continued use.

How is UKRR managed?

UKRR is a service of the British Library, where the principal copy of the journal is retained and access is provided for researchers through its document supply service and reading rooms.

Resources

These resources will help you use UKRR

Case studies

…Using UKRR we have freed up valuable space so that we can upgrade the quality of our study areas…

Leeds University Library Joined the UKRR scheme in 2008 and the service is a key part of the stock management process. Jane Saunders explains how this is beneficial to the university.

…Being a member of UKRR has allowed us to free up physical space across the Library estate…

The University of St Andrews has been fortunate to be a member of UKRR since its inception and has found the process to be a fantastic collaborative initiative, vital in the rationalisation of the Library’s print journal holdings.

News stories

Reminder: Suspension of On Demand Loan auto renewal fee to end

22 September 2020

From 1 October 2020 we will be reinstating our auto renewal fees following its suspension throughout the summer.

Thank you for continuing to use British Library On Demand

22 September 2020

As we have all been through and continue to face challenges, we just want to say thank you for sticking by us and continuing to use British Library On Demand

We’ve made changes to Business Account Administration – make sure your details are up to date

22 September 2020

We’ve made changes to On Demand Business Account Management. Find out all you need to know and ensure your details are up to date.