Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
The Library and Learning Centre of the University of Dundee
The Botanic Cottage of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Abertay University Library
Glasgow School of Art

Welcome to SCURL

Welcome to SCURL

The Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) is the principal association of University and research libraries in Scotland and has been working collaboratively and cross-sectorally for over 30 years.

This website provides information about the work of SCURL and includes information for SCURL members.

The Collections and Metadata Group

One of the strands of the SCURL Strategic Plan 2017-2019 focusses on collaborative collection management (ccm). Two working groups were convened to support and develop recommendations for the SCURL members to adopt. In January 2019 the groups merged to the SCURL Collections and Metadata Group, Chaired by John MacColl, with Vice Chair Lorna Mitchell.

The former CCM Group prepared The Last Scottish Copy Policy with a set of guidelines and procedures as a mechanism to manage the national disposal of duplicated print content.


In August 2017 the former CCM Group also prepared Recommendations for Offering and Transferring General Material i.e.Non-Special Collections.


The former Metadata Group surveyed the SCURL members to rate the quality of bibliographic records supplied by external providers.




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Scottish Higher Education Digital Library

SHEDL aims through collaboration and combined purchasing power to achieve a shared digital library in Scotland with easier access to online content to support research and learning and teaching.