About Us

The Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST) is a shared print initiative involving 79 academic and research libraries in 13 states from Maine to Florida.  EAST is focused on retaining unique, scarcely held and frequently used scholarly monographs and serials in support of scholarship, research and teaching.  EAST member libraries commit to retain agreed upon titles in their local collections for a minimum of 15 years and make those titles available to other EAST members, allowing these libraries to consider weeding and deselection of titles locally in order to free up space for new and innovative library services.  EAST is funded by generous grants from the Davis Educational Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as through the financial support of its members.

In January 2018, EAST joined the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, a collaboration of regional programs interested in coordinating their efforts on a larger scale to ensure the retention of and access to print journal backfiles. 

In 2020, EAST became one of the founding members of the Partnership for Shared Book Collections, an organization that grew out of two EAST-organized Shared Print Summits, made possible by the Mellon Foundation grant. The Partnership, a continental endeavor with representation from several of the monograph shared print programs, has a mission to: "Coordinate collaboration among shared print monograph initiatives and collections in North America to support cost-effective retention and access to shared print monograph collections."