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Accessing the WEST collections

WEST Archive Holders and Builders agree to make WEST-retained materials available to other WEST members, and to any other libraries to which WEST members lend materials, in accordance with the Access Guidelines for WEST Archives (rev 2012) and WEST lending instructions using established local practices, systems, workflows, and policies. WEST does not recommend any specific borrowing relationships or mechanisms between members beyond those already in place.

The following delivery methods are preferred and recommended for all Archive Types, in order of precedence:

  1. Provide electronic document delivery (including color scans when appropriate)
  2. Provide photocopies
  3. Loan the physical issue or volume to the borrowing institution for building use only

To facilitate discovery of shared print holdings for borrowing purposes, WEST established a Group Access Capability (GAC) that all WEST members may join. For more information about how to borrow WEST materials, see the WEST borrowing instructions.

Additionally, through WEST’s participation in the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, WEST members agree to make archived materials available to other Rosemont participating libraries, as stated in the Rosemont Access Principles.

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