EAST Project

Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust  [EAST] is a newly formed shared print retention partnership of college and university libraries. The mission of EAST is to ensure scholars, including faculty and students in the Eastern region of the United States, have access to the scholarly record of print monographs and print journals and serials through multi-library collaborative arrangements that ensure copies of even infrequently used materials are retained in sufficient number to be readily available.  While electronic copies of many of these materials are increasingly accessible and may more conveniently meet many scholarly needs, the occasional need for access to print copies requires collaborative agreements among libraries to ensure that individual collection management decisions do not eliminate materials to the detriment of scholarly needs. Details of the EAST project, which is managed and hosted by the Boston Library Consortium with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon and Davis Educational Foundations, can be found on the EAST website.