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About the RLUK Record Retrieval Service

What is the RLUK Record Retrieval Service?

The RLUK Record Retrieval Service from Research Libraries UK provides access to the RLUK Database and support for RLUK Database users. The RLUK Database contains records that represent the holdings of RLUK members including academic and legal deposit libraries throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Also included in the database are the British National Bibliography (1985 to date), and records from the Library of Congress.

The full or partial catalogues of some non-RLUK libraries are also included in the RLUK Database as a result of involvement in past project activity.

Data Uses

The RLUK Database includes records contributed by RLUK members and other institutions. Some records may be covered by copyright. Use of the catalogue is in accordance with either your RLUK Member's agreement or your RLUK User's agreement respectively.

The majority of records represent monographs, but the database also contains records for other documents such as periodicals, conference papers, government publications, microforms, and music. More than half the records represent materials published since 1980. Three-quarters of the materials catalogued are in English; the balance is predominately in German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian, but records for documents published in a wide range of other languages are also included.

System Maintenance

Routine System maintenance is scheduled for three times a year:

  • Betweeen 08.00-09.00 on the first Tuesday of April, August and December.

During this time the service is likely to be unavailable for a minute or two.

We expect all work to be complete before 09.00.

Help & Support

For questions relating to who may use the RLUK Record Retrieval Service, data licensing, provenance, cost, etc. contact the RLUK Helpdesk:

The RLUK Record Retrieval Service is developed and maintained by the Copac team, so for help with technical issues regarding access, searching etc. contact the Copac Helpdesk:


Date last updated: 24th May 2018

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Date last updated: 24th May 2018

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Note: if you stop the RLUK Record Retrieval service using cookies completely some facilities will no longer work.

How the RLUK Record Retrieval Service uses cookies

The RLUK Record Retrieval Service uses cookies in the Web interface and supporting pages for two main reasons:

  • To provide support for your work by recording your current search and display choices to use in preference to the defaults;
  • To record general usage information to help us understand our users and ensure we are providing the right support. This allows us to ask questions such as: 'last month what proportion of people using the Web interface to the RLUK database used a mobile device such as an iPad?'

Details about RLUK Record Retrieval Service cookie use are given in the table below.

Cookies for Functionality

These cookies are used on the RLUK Record Retrieval Service to improve your website experience.

Name Purpose Expires
SID Session ID:
Your session ID is recorded in a cookie. This ties together all the elements of your search session making the search process more efficient.
When you close your browser
BRIEF_VIEW Search result display:
We use cookies to record the style of result display you last used.
This means your chosen options will override the default result display format whilst you continue to use Copac
1 year
cookiebar This cookie is used to record your acknowledgement of our use of cookies 1 year

Cookies for Measuring Website Usage (Google Analytics)

Copac and Jisc use Google Analytics to gather information, which helps Jisc understand how the service is being used and identify areas for improvement. You can find details about how Google uses data at: If you wish you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, see:

Details of general Jisc cookie use is given at

The table below shows the Google Analytics cookies in use [checked 18/05/2018]

Name Purpose Expires
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_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
_gat Used by Google Analytics to minimise impact on the site's performance 1 minute

Accessibility Statement

We have tried to make the Web Interface to the RLUK Resource Discovery service, with its supporting web pages, accessible to everyone. If you find you are having difficulties, either in searching the RLUK Database or using the website, please let us know and we'll see what we can do to help resolve the problem.

Technical support is provided by the Copac team at Jisc. You can contact the Copac Helpdesk at:

Materials contained on this website are subject to copyright and other proprietary rights.

Data Uses

The RLUK Database includes records contributed by RLUK members and other institutions. Some records may be covered by copyright. Use of the catalogue is in accordance with either your RLUK Member's agreement or the RLUK User's agreement respectively.


The Copac service has taken all reasonable care to ensure that the information contained in this website is accurate on the stated date of publication or last modification.It is possible that the information may be out of date, incomplete or the opinion of the author. It is advisable that you verify any information from this website before relying on it.

If you are aware of any errors within the site, please contact the Copac Helpdesk at (please state that your enquiry is for the Copac team).

The Copac service and RLUK accept no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information and material contained on this website or any site you may access through this site.

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content and/or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. The Jisc privacy statement applies solely to information collected by Jisc services.

Copac record displays may include material drawn from external services or document specific links to relevant material provided by an external service. In some cases this results in the provision of your computer's IP address and the relevant document identifier (eg. ISBN) to the external service in order to enhance the records with document specific information or links.