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The EAST retained titles are held as a light archive within their local circulating collections. The EAST Major Policies, as approved by the Executive Committee in June, 2016 call for EAST member libraries to use their own institutional policies to fulfill requests from other EAST libraries for retained titles. The majority of the EAST membership as well as the EAST Monographs Working Group have strongly indicated their support for no-charge lending across the EAST member libraries. However, recognizing that current and future EAST members may not be able to agree to a no-charge lending policy for local institutional reasons, a library may choose to opt out, but may then be charged to borrow from another EAST library at the lending member's discretion. Further details on access using inter-library loand are provided below.
Inter-Library Loan: The EAST Lending Network
To support the EAST membership, and further encourage libraries to adopt a no-charge lending policy, a working group focused on Interlibrary Lending developed Best Practices for ILL within EAST. These Best Practices were updated in early 2019 to reflect EAST's membership and participation in the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance. In addition, EAST resource sharing libraries are included in the OCLC Policy Directory. An EAST OCLC Group Access Capability (GAC) has been created. Consult the list of OCLC and DOCLINE symbols for the symbols included in the EAST GAC.
In April 2017 and in response to member interest, the EAST Project Team worked with the RapidILL service to create a RapidILL Pod for EAST Members. For more information on RapidILL, please visit their website. To join the EAST Pod, contact the RapidILL staff directly and indicate your interest in joining the EAST Pod as an EAST Member institution.
For instructions on how to create an EAST entry in OCLC's Policies Directory, please consult this powerpoint created by David Perry (Bryn Mawr College).
EAST Retentions Database
The EAST Data Librarian has created an online database that supports searching of the 6+ million EAST retention commitments. This database supports searching by OCLC number and title and provides access to retained titles at all EAST Retention Partner libraries or the searcher may select one or more Partner collections for searching. A link to the GreenGlass database is also provided for EAST members who have access. The EAST Project Team is investigating ways to support updating and maintenance of the database in the future.