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About WEST


WEST is a distributed journal archiving program founded in 2010 and hosted by the California Digital Library at the University of California.

Quick Facts


    • 66 academic and research libraries west of the Mississippi
    • Archives located in 18 states
    • 28,743 unique titles
    • 832,572 volumes
    • 66,605 assignable square feet / 1,903 seats for users
    • Partnerships with regional and national shared print initiatives


Archived Collections

This chart shows the number of journals by WEST Archive Type, and the percentage of the total collection they represent. The Bronze Archive Type includes 14,046 journals (50.32% of the total collection), the Silver Archive Type includes 7,160 journals (25.65% of the total), and the Gold Archive Type includes 6,957 journals (24.92% of the total).

Archived Collections by LC Classification

The chart shows the Library of Congress classification breakdown for the WEST archived collections. The chart’s underlying data is also available.

WEST Archives


Downloading Data for Map

If you would like to download the data for the above map, make sure you have clicked on the map dashboard.


At the bottom of the dashboard, click Download.


Select one of the following options:

  • Data: Opens a new tab in the browser window and displays the view’s data in summary. You can then download the data as a comma-separated value (.csv) file.
  • Crosstab: Downloads the view, or the selected sheet in a dashboard, as a .csv file you can open in Microsoft Excel.

If those options are grayed out, make sure to click on a table or graph in the dashboard first.


Future Milestones

Dates Milestones
Fall 2019 – Winter 2020 Ingest unarchived holdings data from participating institutions
Spring 2020 – Summer 2020 WEST Operations and Collections Council analyzes holdings data and posts archiving proposals for participating institutions
Summer 2020 Participating institutions record their commitments in AGUA
Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Cycle 10 archiving! For Bronze, this is metadata work. For Silver and Gold this is physical validation and calling for holdings to fill in archived journal families.
Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Participating institutions disclose Cycle 10 archived titles
Summer 2021 Institutions receive collection comparison reports
Summer 2021 – Spring 2022 Cycle 11 archiving!
Spring 2022 Participating institutions disclose Cycle 11 archived titles
Summer 2022 Institutions receive collection comparison reports