Scholars Trust

Welcome to Scholars Trust

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) have signed an agreement to combine the contents of their respective print journal archives under a single retention and access agreement called “Scholars Trust.” Also participating in the program is the FLorida Academic REpository (FLARE), a statewide shared collection of low use print materials from academic libraries in Florida and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a collaborative shared print project with Duke University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The combined title list exceeds 14,000 journal titles and more than 300,000 volumes, making the Scholars Trust archive one of the largest print journal repositories in the United States.

In addition, WRLC and ASERL libraries also agree to extend reciprocal priority Inter-Library Loan (ILL) services under this agreement.

List of Retained Titles Publicly Accessible - March 2017

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* Large file. Be patient.

Governing Scholars Trust

The Scholars Trust program is governed by a two tiered structure, to foster the growth of the partnership, create strategic directions, and provide support and management for long-term, efficient and effective operations.

Scholars Trust Governance Committees - June 2016

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Scholars Trust Town Hall Meeting

October 4, 2016

Session Recording Program PPT

Print Retention Program Update - January 2017

See the lastest updates, program highlights, and retention initiatives from the Scholars Trust print retention program.

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The following ASERL libraries are participating in this program:
  1. Auburn University
  2. Clemson University
  3. College of William & Mary
  4. Duke University
  5. East Carolina University
  6. Emory University
  7. Georgia Institute of Technology
  8. Johns Hopkins University
  9. Louisiana State University
  10. Mississippi State University
  11. National Agriculture Library
  12. North Carolina State University
  13. Tulane University
  14. University of Alabama
  15. University of Florida
  16. University of Georgia
  17. University of Kentucky
  18. University of Louisville
  19. University of Memphis
  20. University of Miami
  21. University of Mississippi
  22. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  23. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  24. University of South Carolina
  25. University of Tennessee
  26. University of Virginia
  27. Virginia Commonwealth University
  28. Virginia Tech
  29. Wake Forest University
The following WRLC libraries are participating in this program:
  1. American University
  2. The Catholic University of America
  3. Gallaudet University
  4. George Mason University
  5. The George Washington University
  6. Georgetown University
  7. Howard University
  8. Marymount University
  9. The University of the District of Columbia

Participating FLARE libraries:

In addition to the libraries in the 12 State Universities and the University of Miami, partners in FLARE include libraries of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and the Florida College System.


To participate in the program, an ASERL library need only submit a concise letter of agreement signed by the library dean (or higher authority) affirming to comply with the program policies (PDF).

Sample Letter of Agreement
Journal Retention Program Update

JRNL – Journal Retention and Needs Listing

The Journal Retention and Needs Listing (JRNL) (PDF) tool was first developed as a way for participating institutions to track journal retention commitments between the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and Florida State University System (SUS) partners. Use of the listing tool expanded in 2013 with the formation of Scholars Trust, and again in 2015 when the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) adopted the software to manage their commitments. JRNL allows users to upload current journal holdings and identify particular gaps in those holdings. Further, users can determine if their institution has holdings that could be donated to other institutions to fill those gaps.

JRNL Record Summary for Scholarstrust - March 2017

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A JRNL Oversight Committee (PDF Updated June 2016) consisting of representatives from each participating consortium develops policies to guide development of and participation in JRNL.

Video recordings of JRNL training webinars are also available on the ASERL Archived Webinars page: