UK Libraries risk loss of academic works

Times Online Reports libraries are being asked to back a scheme that would result in hundreds of thousands of journals and academic books being pulped.

The shortage of shelf space at university libraries is so severe that a central archive is planned to house academic works for all institutions. The National Research Reserve, run by the British Library, would hold and distribute all academic works held in re- search libraries, allowing librarians to destroy material knowing that another copy was available.