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ACM Digital Library Renewal 2020-2021

Response Deadline: 
June 26, 2020

Subscription Term


July 1, 2020


June 30, 2021

Renewal pricing is now available for the ACM Digital Library. This resource is made available to BC ELN partner libraries through a national site license negotiated on behalf of Consortia Canada by the Bureau de Cooperation Interuniversitaire (BCI).

The vendor offers participants a three-year or one-year subscription license. The resource's annual increase is lower for the three-year subscription license. This year's renewal is the last year of the three-year subscription.

The length-based and usage-based pricing model used by the vendor is not typically preferred by BC ELN; however, since ACM is a national license and the pricing represents good value for the content, we will continue to participate in this national subscription.


The vendor has included an across-the-board article processing charge (APC) credit of $84.46 USD for all current subscribers. The APC will be deducted from subscribing institutions' fees for the 2020-2021 renewal as part of ACM's Hybrid Open Access Publishing program.



The ACM Digital Library (ACM DL) is a research, discovery and networking platform, containing:

  • The Full-Text Collection of all ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books.
  • A collection of curated and hosted full-text publications from select publishers.
  • The ACM Guide to Computing Literature, a comprehensive bibliographic database focused exclusively on the field of computing.
  • A richly interlinked set of connections among authors, works, institutions, and specialized communities.

In addition to the full-text database, the ACM Digital Library is heavily integrated with and includes unrestricted access to the Guide to Computing Literature, the most comprehensive bibliographic database focused exclusiely on the field of computing.

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Last updated: April 26, 2021


Response Instructions

To RENEW, no response is required from current subscribers as listed above. To CANCEL, libraries should contact BC ELN by the response deadline.

Terms & Conditions

Additional Information

Print Subscriptions

Print packages are available to subscribers at 25% off list price. Purchase of print packages is available to subscribing libraries directly through ACM Member Services and will not be administered by the consortium. Please note that this discounted pricing for print packages applies to any new or renewed print subscriptions ordered during the BC ELN renewal.

Institutional Usage Levels

ACM's pricing model for non-US participants is based in part on usage levels. ACM has instituted an automatic system whereby usage outside of their pre-set levels generates an automatic email to the institution (and to the chief negotiator). It is important that each institution keep track of any anomalies in their usage, that may be due to data mining (which is not permitted) or excessive downloading, as this has an impact on an institution's tier placement and pricing.

In a typical year, fewer than five such anomalies are generally reported. However, in 2015 almost 20 were reported in January and February. (These numbers refer to all ACM subscribers; there is no known history of such anomalies among BC ELN partner libraries in particular.)

Post-Cancellation Agreement

Libraries that cancel their subscription will need to sign the ACM Digital Library Post-Cancellation Access License Agreement to be granted the right and license to use the archival content of the ACM Digital Library for perpetuity.