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.” 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. At the same time, WRLC and ASERL libraries have agreed to extend reciprocal priority Inter-Library Loan (ILL) services across the group.

List of Retained Titles Publicly Accessible - April 2016

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* Large file. Be patient.

NEWS: The Scholars Trust Steering Committee, in conjunction with the ASERL Board of Directors and WRLC Library Directors Council, has approved a new governance structure for Scholars Trust. The new structure is to be implemented by February 1, 2016.

Print Retention Program Update - January 2016

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

PDF Version

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

Scholars Trust Steering Committee

  • ASERL Board of Directors, Bonnie MacEwan
  • Auburn University, Nadeen Ellero
  • Clemson University, Gail Julian
  • College of William & Mary, Jean Sibley
  • Duke University, Cheryl Thomas
  • East Carolina University, David Durant
  • Emory University, Lars Meyer, Co-Chair
  • Georgia Tech, Jeff Carrico
  • Louisiana State University, Tom Diamond
  • Mississippi State University, Pat Matthes
  • North Carolina State University, Greg Raschke
  • Tulane University, Donna Cook
  • UNC - Chapel Hill, Kurt Blythe
  • UNC – Greensboro, Beth Bernhardt
  • University of Alabama, Millie Jackson
  • University of Florida, Ben Walker
  • University of Kentucky, MaryBeth Thomson
  • University of Louisville, Tyler Goldberg
  • University of Memphis, Steve Knowlton
  • University of Miami, Elizabeth (Lisa) Fish
  • University of Mississippi, Christina Torbert
  • University of South Carolina, Gary Geer
  • University of Tennessee, Molly Royse
  • University of Virginia, Carla Lee, Co-Chair
  • Vanderbilt University, Nancy Godleski
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Barbara Anderson
  • Virginia Tech, Leslie O'Brien
  • Wake Forest University, Carol Cramer
  • WRLC, Bruce Hulse


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 - January 2016

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A JRNL Oversight Committee (PDF) 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: