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ACLS Humanities E-Book Renewal 2019-2020

Response Deadline: 
July 9, 2019

Subscription Term


August 1, 2019


July 31, 2020

Renewal pricing for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Humanities E-Book collection, available via Consortia Canada and negotiated by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), is now available. Pricing has increased approximately 2.5-3% over 2018-2019 prices. All subscribers will continue to enjoy a 27% consortial discount.

Libraries that are joint members of BC ELN and COPPUL are asked to submit responses to BC ELN.


Starting from January 2020, management of the Humanities E-Book will move from ACLS to Lyrasis.



ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is an online collection of over 5,400 books of high quality in the humanities, accessible through institutional or individual subscription. HEB is available to entire campus communities. Using any web browser, faculty, students, staff and library patrons of subscribing institutions can view and search the HEB collection from campus offices, libraries, dorms and remotely when off-campus. An institutional subscription to HEB includes unlimited, simultaneous multi-user access from any Internet-connected location. In addition to unlimited multi-user access, libraries have access to free, downloadable MARC records.

These titles are offered by the American Council of Learned Societies in collaboration with thirty-one learned societies, over 100 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division at the University of Michigan Library. The goals of this collaboration are to assist scholars in the electronic publication of high-quality works in the humanities, to explore the intellectual possibilities of new media, and to help assure the continued viability of scholarship in today’s changing publishing environment. 

HEB adds hundreds of books annually to the collection, including several carefully selected new XML titles that have the potential to use new media to communicate the results of scholarship in new ways. Titles include monographs, collected essays and some primary sources.

To guarantee the scope and quality of this interdisciplinary collection, ACLS collaborates with learned societies and university presses to assist scholars in the electronic publication of high-quality works in the humanities, to explore the intellectual possibilities of new media, and to help assure the continued viability of scholarship in today’s changing publishing environment.

Fields currently covered include the following: African History, American History, Animal Studies, Archaeology, Art and Architectural History, Asian History, Australasian/Oceanian History, Biblical Studies, Bibliographic Studies, Byzantine History, Canadian History, Caribbean History, Central European History, Comparative/World, Eastern European/Russian History, Economic History, Environmental Studies, European History, Film and Media Studies, Folklore, Hip Hop Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American History, Law, LGBT/Queer Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Literary Criticism, Medicine, Methods/Theory, Middle Eastern History, Musicology, Native Peoples of the Americas, Performance Studies (theater, music, dance), Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Science/Technology, Sociology and Women’s Studies.

HEB was originally funded as the ACLS History E-Book Project in June 1999 by a $3-million, five-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The collection launched in September 2002. Now in its second phase, HEB achieved self-sustainability in the spring of 2005 and became ACLS Humanities E-Book in January 2007. As of August 1, 2018, ACLS Humanities E-Book is live on the Fulcrum publishing platform at Developed by Michigan Publishing and funded through a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fulcrum is the next step in the evolution of HEB. 

HEB offers the following benefits:

  • a comprehensively reviewed collection, chosen by scholars and scholarly societies
  • titles live on the new online, EPUB publishing platform Fulcrum
  • universal and 24/7 access to all members of the campus community
  • unlimited course reserve and classroom use
  • elimination of off-site, missing, or damaged print copies
  • free, downloadable MARC records and Counter 5 compliant usage statistics
  • an interface accessible by a variety of assistive technologies designed for readers with disabilities
  • .pdf chapter downloads

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Last updated: June 18, 2019


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Libraries interested in participating in the subscription, should contact the BC ELN Office by the response deadline.

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