Research Libraries UK, working in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), commissioned Evidence Base to undertake a major scoping study to explore the role of academic and research libraries as active participants and leaders in the production of scholarly research. This included colleagues working within other collection-holding institutions, such as archives and museums, closely associated with or integral to an academic or research library.
Running from January-June 2021, the project explored the role of academic and research libraries, and associated collection-holding institutions, as places of scholarship and experimentation, for a wide variety of disciplines, and the role, and potential, of library, archive, and museum staff in envisaging, initiating, and leading high-quality scholarly research. The project examined the expertise held within libraries, and associated collection-holding institutions, to lead and partner in multi-disciplinary research projects, and the opportunities and barriers of them doing so. The latter included an examination of issues such as the terms of funding, institutional policies, perceptions of the library, and working cultures.