The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) is a collaborative distributed national research collection managed by a partnership between the Higher Education sector and the British Library. It allows Higher Education libraries to de-duplicate their journal holdings of a title if two copies are held by other UKRR members, ensuring continued access to low-use journals, whilst allowing libraries to release space to meet the changing needs of their users. UKRR is now mid-way through Phase Two, and is continuing its work in building a sustainable national research collection.
University of Glasgow Library is a partner in this second phase and we have contributed to each cycle of the process, allowing us to create over 2570 metres of shelf space. In effect, this has given us the opportunity to open up areas within the Library for group study, the Social Learning Space and Library Café on Level 3 and the suite of I.T. Training rooms on the Level 4 Annexe.
Our participation in this project has also helped identify areas where our collections are both strong and unique. Glasgow has been at the forefront of this innovative development. As the University continues to invest in optimising access to resources, particularly those available electronically, there are growing opportunities for the Library to create an environment to fit the needs of 21st century users.