Research Libraries UK (RLUK) derives its strength from the commitment of its members and their shared vision to ensure that libraries contribute to the advancement of research and scholarship through their outstanding collections and services in support of researchers. We are very pleased to announce that following a round of applications, two new members will join RLUK. We welcome:

Masud Khokhar, Vice-chair of RLUK and Chair of the Membership Sub-Group said:

We were very impressed with the quality of the applications we received from libraries wishing to join RLUK. The two new member libraries were able to clearly demonstrate their commitment to the strategy, mission and values of RLUK. They will bring new insights to the challenges we face as a collective, and further invigorate the RLUK community through their innovative research support services and collection strengths.

Nick Lewis, Library Director at UEA commented:

It is a great privilege for UEA to take its place alongside the leading major research libraries in the UK and Ireland and to learn from their world-leading experience in digital inclusion, collections and open scholarship. This opportunity will broaden our horizons and enable us to contribute to stronger partnerships within and beyond our region.

Andrew Barker, Director of Library Services & Learning Development at Lancaster University said:

Speaking on behalf of all my colleagues at Lancaster University, I am delighted that we have been invited to join RLUK as a member institution. At the heart of our transformational vision for our library is a commitment to rethink the role of the research library. This commitment aligns with RLUK’s own mission and strategy and as members of RLUK, we look forward to working in partnership with our new community to ensure that ambition is made real.

Dr Jessica Gardner, RLUK Chair, adds:

We warmly welcome our newest members from the libraries of UEA and Lancaster University to the RLUK community. Together we are a network of libraries with strong shared commitment to work together to advance and innovate services and partnerships to enhance research and scholarship.