Research Libraries UK

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) (formerly CURL)[1] comprises 32 university libraries, 3 national libraries, and the Wellcome Collection in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[2] Its aim is to increase the ability of research libraries to share resources among themselves. The holdings of these libraries provide the basis of the Copac online catalogue.

The Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) started in 1983 as an informal grouping of the seven largest university research libraries (the university libraries of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, and Oxford) to "explore the possibilities of closer co-operation, particularly, but not exclusively in the use of automation".[3] The consortium was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 1992.[4] By April 1997 the number of full members had increased to 20, including Trinity College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, and the three national libraries of the UK and the Welcome Institute for the History of Medicine had been admitted as associate members.[5] The increased size of the organisation led to the appointment of the first full-time executive secretary in 1997.[3]

In 2011, Queen’s University Belfast joined as RLUK's 30th member, meaning that all 20 then-members of the Russell Group of universities were now members.[6] Of the four universities that joined the Russell Group in 2012, Durham and York were already members of RLUK, having joined in 1996 and 2011 respectively,[7][8] while Exeter and Queen Mary, University of London joined in 2012 and 2014.[9][10]

RLUK Members

Members as of July 2019 are:[2]

See also


  1. "RLUK's Foundations In CURL". Research Libraries UK. Archived from the original on 14 November 2011.
  2. "Resesrch Libraries UK". RLUK Members. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  3. Fox, P. (2008). Earnshaw R.; Vince J. (eds.). "CURL – Research Libraries in the British Isles". Digital Convergence – Libraries of the Future. Springer: London: 75–82. doi:10.1007/978-1-84628-903-3_6.
  4. "RLUK (Research Libraries UK)". Companies House. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  5. "CURL's Full Members". Consortium of University Research Libraries. 1 April 1997. Archived from the original on 25 Jaguar 1998. Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  6. "Queen's University Belfast Becomes Newest Member of RLUK". 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013.
  7. "Library History". Durham University Library. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  8. "Universities Of St Andrews And York Become Newest Members Of RLUK". RLUK News. 11 October 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012.
  9. "University of Exeter becomes newest member of RLUK". University of Exeter. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  10. "Queen Mary becomes newest member of RLUK". RLUK News. 7 February 2014.
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