RLUK Events

RLUK holds a number of events each year, for our members and for the wider community.

These include the Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries series, the Digital Shift Forum, and RLUK’s Space Programme.

Our virtual annual conference is held in the Spring and brings together the leading thought leaders and decision makers in the UK and international research library community. Full details can be found on the conference website.

From 2013 to 2022 RLUK was a partner in the DCDC Conference series. Recordings from DCDC events during this period can be found here.

You can watch all recorded events on the RLUK Player.

Upcoming events

RLUK25 Conference

March 19, 2025 @ 8:00 am - March 21, 2025 @ 5:00 pm

RLUK Conference

The RLUK Conference is an annual event, held virtually, that brings together colleagues from the UK, Ireland and beyond to connect and discuss how we can help shape the research library of the 21st century.

Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries #RLUKICIL is a series of events that aims to foster conversation around decolonisation and inclusive practice in collecting, describing, presenting, and engaging with content in research library collections.

Can the archives be decolonised?
Hannah Ishmael, Black Cultural Archives

Surfacing History
Dorothy Berry, Smithsonian NMAAHC

Museums & the Making of Us
Richard Benjamin, University of Liverpool

RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum #RLUKDSF brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

Digital initiatives in Africa
Buhle Mbambo-Thata, National University of Lesotho

Why ‘Digital’ is Not the Most Important Aspect of Your Digital Strategy
Athenaeum21 Consulting (A21)

Building Digital Confidence Through Action Research
Ross Parry, University of Leicester

RLUK’s Space Programme #RLUKSPACE is a forum for RLUK members to engage in open dialogue and share their knowledge and experience around spatial redesign and capital builds.

Hybrid and blended working approaches and the role of space in libraries

User experience and the research library space

Library spaces in the campus of the future