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, 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

What is UKRR?

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


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.


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.


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

Change in price to the CLA default Copyright fee

2 December 2019

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) default copyright fee will be rising from £17.50 to £20.00 on 1 January 2020.

We've updated our DRM Lite Guidelines

30 October 2019

We’ve updated our DRM Lite Guidelines to give you a better experience when using British Library On Demand.