The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) offers two types of membership:

  • the majority of EAST members are Retention Partners who contribute financial support to EAST, participate in collection analysis, and commit to retain agreed upon titles in their local collections and make these titles available to other EAST members
  • a few EAST members are Supporting Partners who contribute financial support to EAST and participate in governance and other programmatic activities but do not participate in collection analysis or make retention commitments.

As of May 2022, EAST has 82 members in 13 states from Maine to Florida. Libraries interested in joining EAST can review our Criteria for Joining EAST and contact Susan Stearns, EAST Project Director, at

Membership in EAST has a number of benefits, please see the Value of EAST document

The map below shows the geographic distribution of EAST members.

Retention Partners

The following institutions are EAST Retention Partners, who have committed to retaining monograph, serials and journals titles, or both. An asterisk next to the institution denotes monographs and serials retention status. OCLC and DocLine symbols can be found on the EAST OCLC and DocLine symbol document.

  • Adelphi University, NY
  • Amherst College, MA*
  • Bard College, NY*
  • Boston College, MA*
  • Boston University, MA*
  • Bowie State University, MD
  • Brandeis University, MA*
  • Bridgewater State University, MA
  • Bryn Mawr College, PA
  • Bucknell University, PA
  • Colby College, ME
  • Connecticut College, CT*
  • Coppin State University, MD
  • Davidson College, NC
  • DeSales University, PA*
  • Elms College, MA*
  • Fairfield University, CT*
  • Five Colleges, Incorporated, MA*
  • Florida Academic Repository (FLARE), FL
  • Florida Atlantic University, FL
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, FL
  • Florida International University, FL
  • Florida State University, FL
  • Frostburg State University, MD
  • Furman University, SC
  • Gettysburg College, PA
  • Hamilton College, NY*
  • Hampshire College, MA
  • Hofstra University, NY*
  • Lafayette College, PA*
  • Lehigh University, PA
  • Loyola/Notre Dame Library, MD*
  • MBLWHOI, MA (as a serials Retention Partner only)
  • Middlebury College, VT
  • Morgan State University, MD
  • Mount Holyoke College, MA*
  • New York University, NY*
  • Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
  • Saint Anselm College, NH
  • Salisbury University, MD
  • Siena College, NY*
  • Skidmore College, NY
  • Smith College, MA*
  • State Library of Massachusetts, MA
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland, MD
  • Swarthmore College, PA*
  • Syracuse University, NY*
  • Temple University, PA
  • Towson University, MD
  • Trinity College, CT*
  • Tufts University, MA*
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, CT*
  • Union College, NY*
  • University of Baltimore, MD
  • University of Connecticut, CT
  • University of Florida, FL
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, MD
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore, MD
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA*
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, MA
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA* (as a Serials Retention Partner only)
  • University of New Hampshire, NH
  • University of North Florida, FL
  • University of Pittsburgh, PA*
  • University of Rhode Island, RI
  • University of Rochester, NY*
  • University of the South, TN*
  • University of West Florida, FL
  • Vassar College, NY*
  • Wellesley College, MA
  • Wesleyan University, CT
  • Williams College, MA*
  • Yeshiva University, NY

Supporting Partners

Supporting Partners provide financial support for the mission and goals of EAST and participate in governance and other programmatic activities.  Currently they are:

  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges, NY
  • Northeastern University, MA
  • University of Maryland Global Campus, MD
  • Villanova University, PA
  • Westfield State University, MA
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA

Voting Members

Each EAST library appoints a Voting Member who has responsibility for voting on issues brought to the full membership from the Project Team or the Executive Committee.  The Voting Members are also responsible for electing the EAST Executive Committee and standing Operations Committee.

For more information regarding the governance and operational structure of EAST, please see the Governance page.


Land and Labor Acknowledgement

The EAST Land and Labor Acknowledgement

EAST wishes to acknowledge that our member libraries occupy ancestral land from many of the First American Nations including those on this list.

We also acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of enslaved people from Africa and the Americas who preceded us and whose labor was taken to build and sustain many of the academic and research institutions which are members of EAST.

This acknowledgement commits us to work to dismantle these systems of oppression and to work for peace and reconciliation as caretakers of the lands we occupy.