Membership in WEST offers institutions and consortia access to a large and wide-ranging collection of print journals as well as the opportunity to contribute to this collection. Members participate in biennial collections analyses and may either archive their materials on behalf of the wider WEST membership or contribute volumes to other WEST archivers to fill gaps in their archived journal backfiles. WEST members also have access to the collective Rosemont Shared Print Alliance collections. WEST frequently collaborates with other organizations developing shared print tools and services, such as OCLC and the Center for Research Libraries, and WEST members often provide invaluable insights and expertise that support these initiatives. For more information about what WEST offers its members, see The Value of Membership In WEST.
An institution can join WEST by contacting the WEST Program Manager, Alison Wohlers, at email@example.com. The WEST Executive Committee reviews requests to join.
Members sign a Member Agreement with the California Digital Library (CDL), the WEST Administrative Host. The Member Agreement incorporates the WEST Program Statement (MOU) and other terms. Institutions that also serve as Archive Holders, sign additional addenda.