About Us

The Northern Collaboration is a group of 29 higher education libraries in the north of England.


The origins of the Northern Collaboration can be traced back to a meeting of Library Directors in York in October 2009, convened by Maxine Melling. At this meeting a commitment to hold four meetings over two years was agreed, in order to investigate the appetite for, and feasibility of, collaboration. An HEA Change Academy project in 2010/2011 led by Margaret Weaver resulted in the concept of the ‘Library of the North’, and the early development of three project strands: Library of the North, Virtual Enquiry Services, and E-resources. Following agreement that the Northern Collaboration should continue, subject to evaluation, 28 institutions signed up to a document of principle, and a steering group was established in December 2011.