EAST is a distributed model shared print program in which libraries commit to retain portions of their collections and share those titles with other members.
A collective collection, also known as a shared print program, involves primarily academic or research libraries collaborating to retain, develop, and provide access to their physical collections. Most collective collections include monographs and/or serials. Other efforts have addressed acquisition and/or retention of microform, federal government documents, and digital collections.
The Partnership for Shared Book Collections, focused on monographs, and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, focused on journals, are two federations of shared print programs in North America. They have partnered to create the following introductory materials describing Shared Print: