American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Monday, 12 December 2016


UPDATE 13/3/09: A purchase provides a 10-year license to all current and future content, which will be growing at an average annual rate of over 13%. The purchase option includes ownership of the files for any works that are not protected by copyright [the out-of-copyright and orphan works is just 15% of the collection at this point] at the expiration of the 10-year term. In conversations with librarians, ten years was considered the best approximation for "perpetual" in the current electronic environment for platforms, delivery and archiving systems. This means that by the end of 10 years the collection will have grown to over 6700 volumes in all fields across the humanities, including distinguished series from leading university presses. Over 10 years, one-time purchase will save an average of 20% off projected annual subscription rates, in addition to libraries' internal savings on the administration and management of annual subscriptions and renewals.

works that are not protected by copyright

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ACLS Humanities E-Book
Humanities E-Book is a digital collection of over 1500 full-text titles offered by the ACLS in collaboration with twelve learned societies, nearly 90 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office.

The Collection/Titles List (12/12/16)

ACLS Humanities E-Book 2015 titles list (30/11/15)

ACLS Humanities E-Book 2014 titles list (11/12/14)

A comprehensive downloadable title list, including ISBN numbers and subject headings, can be found here:

ACLS Humanities E-book: an examination. Author(s): Jocelyn Berger-Barrera. Collection Building; Volume: 27 Issue: 3; 2008 General review. Emerald Group Publishing Limited (15/8/08)
ACLS Humanities E-Book. American Council of Learned Societies. ISBN Annual site license/subscription ranges from $450.00 to $3,125.00; based on Carnegie Classification/FTE. Internet resource.  August 2008 issue of CHOICE.

HEB Titles Online (3/8/07)

Subscribing institutions (15/5/08)


Consortium License Agreement (15/5/08)

Terms for Use of ACLS Humanities E-Book (15/5/08)
Use of content in course-packs or electronic reserve & linking direct to article level. (17/7/08)
Yes, we encourage the use of our simultaneous multi-user content in course-paks and electronic reserve.
Direct permanent linking is available on the title level; and on the chapter level is stable (although not necessarily permanent). For details, we have info on our site at:
Perpetual Access (17/7/08)
Our pricing and license agreements with the participating publishers does not allow for perpetual access.

LOCKSS/CLOCKSS/Portico (17/7/08)
The University of Michigan does not yet have any level of participation. They may in the future, but at this time have their own extensive archiving procedure.

Technical/Sales Support

Contact: Clare Doyle, Subscriptions and Marketing Coordinator (29/4/14)

Proxy settings (9/5/16)

For help with setting up your proxy server for off-campus access, go to: (25/2/12)

If off-site, there could be problems with the proxy server configuration, which would need to be tackled locally. Please have a look at the following trouble-shooting guide, which contains info on what proxy server configurations apply to HEB (note that all six of these should be implemented) (5/4/12)

MARC Records (11/9/14)

MARC records and cataloging data for all titles in the collection are available for download. Subscribers may download either a zip file containing 352 records for our newly released titles or a cumulative zip file containing 4,103 records corresponding to all 4,315 titles now live in the collection. (Note that one record may cover multiple volumes of the same title.)

New subscribers or those who have not recently updated their MARC records for the collection should download (covering all titles in rounds 1-11, online as of August 2014).   In order to add MARCs for only the most recent releases, please download the file, which includes records for the 353 books added in August 2014, as well as for 8 XML-encoded frontlist titles released intermittently since our last major title release in August 2013.

If downloading the new records only, please bear in mind that a number of titles are being removed in this round and that you may wish to manually remove the corresponding MARC records from your library catalog. A list of all titles removed from the collection to date, including the 33 books removed in this round, can be found here:

IP-blocking  [Members only


To view user stats, go to: (25/2/12)

The DLPS Collection Statistics system for HEB provides the following reports:
From the COUNTER Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works, Release 1 published March 2006:
         1. Book Report 1: Number of Successful Title Requests by Month and Title
         2. Book Report 2: Number of Successful Section Requests by Month and Title
         3. Book Report 5: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Title 
From the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases, Release 2 published April 2005:
         1. Database Report 1: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Database

CAUL Pricing / Offers to CAUL/CEIRC

Subscriptions and Access (3/8/07)
Consortial Discounts (10/1/08) 

Perpetual access pricing (15/12/14)
"Subscribers who prefer to own titles can opt for a perpetual license by entering an extended subscription agreement. This provides an initial five-year license to all current and future content, which will be increasing by several hundred titles each year, with the option of extending the license in perpetuity by paying an additional 20% administrative fee every five years subsequently."

Members only documents may be viewed from the display at the end of this page.

ACLS Humanities E-Book 2017 pricing for CAUL (12/12/16) [Members only]

ACLS Humanities E-Book 2016 pricing for CAUL (30/11/15) [Members only]

ACLS Humanities E-Book 2015 pricing for CAUL (11/12/14) [Members only

ACLS Humanities E-Book 2014 pricing for CAUL (12/12/13) [Members only

ACLS Humanities E-Book 2013 pricing for CAUL (29/11/12) [Members only

ACLS HEB 2009 pricing for CAUL (16/7/08, retained for 2010 & 2011, updated for 2012 25/8/11) [Members only