ACLS Humanities E-Book Agreement 2021-24

  • Start: 1 Feb 2021
    Expiry: 31 Jan 2024
  • Description:

    ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a digital collection of over 5,500 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. These titles are presented in collaboration with more than 120 publishers and Michigan Publishing. Books in the HEB collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies. HEB is now hosted on the Fulcrum platform.

Product overview

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is an online collection of approximately 5,523 books of high quality in the humanities, accessible through institutional and individual subscription. These titles are offered by the ACLS in collaboration with thirty-one learned societies, 125 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division at the University of Michigan Library.

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.

Publisher selection policy

Content is selected by an advisory board composed of leading scholars, editors, librarians and university administrators.

Backfiles or archives included

ACLS Humanities E-Book includes core backlist titles in the humanities and social sciences, with 150-200 new titles added.

Update Type


Update Notes

Between 300 and 400 titles are added each year.


ACLS Humanities E-Book is live on the Fulcrum platform as of 1 August 2018. From

The Fulcrum platform aims to meet WCAG 2.1 AA Standards in both the platform and its content by providing infrastructure and resources to support accessible books, image descriptions, transcripts for audio, captions for video, and alternative formats for digitised content.

The extent to which Fulcrums meets WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act is reported in Fulcrum's Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT®) Version 2.3 INT.

If you have any further questions, please email


IP Address Updates

If you would like to add an IP address to your authorised range (or remove one), please send us your update request by contacting, and the data will be forwarded to our technical support team. We will send a confirmation when the update has been made. Please note there is no separate log-in allowing subscribers to independently enter updates.

Common Access Problems

If you experience problems that result in being prompted for authentication, inability to reach the authentication page itself, or receiving a message that collections are not authorised, please consult:


Fulcrum supports access for your institution's members through federated Single Sign-On technologies such as Shibboleth or OpenAthens. Fulcrum is a member of InCommon and participates in eduGAIN. Allowing your members to access ACLS HEB via your Shibboleth/OpenAthens Identity Provider requires the following:

  1. Your institution must have a SAML-based Identity Provider (IdP) whose metadata we can consume via a stable URL and which defines a security domain using shibMD:scope. This is most commonly achieved through membership to an identity federation that participates in eduGAIN. The following federations have been confirmed to support access to Fulcrum via eduGAIN as of November 2019:
    • Canadian Access Federation (CAF)
    • HEAnet/Edugate
    • InCommon
    • UK Federation
  2. Your Identity Provider must be configured to release attribute "eduPersonScopedAffiliation" to entityId ""
  3. You must provide us with the entityId of your Identity Provider

Full text linking

HEB is OpenURL compliant on the title level, but not on the chapter and page level. In order to offer the most stable link to an individual title, you may use the title-specific handle, which can be found in the book's catalogue record, and the format for which matches the following example:

You may also use the Citable Link on the title record page of each book at, located beneath the Subject. The format matches this example:

The Citable Link may be used to link to a title in the HEB collection on syllabi and course packs or on learning management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas and D2L.

Marc records

MARC records are available free to subscribers and can be downloaded.

As of November 2019 , the following files are available:

PLEASE NOTE: The records are MARC21, USMARC records, in Unicode UTF-8 format. There is a discrepancy between the number of records and the number of books in the collection due to the fact that multi-volume sets share a single record. Every effort has been made to bring these records up to current national standards.

Fixed Fields

  • Record Type: a - Language material
  • BLvl: d - Subunit of a collection
  • 001 System-supplied control number
  • 005 Date and time of latest transaction
  • 006 Form of material: m - Computer file Type of computer file: m - Combination
  • 007 Record characteristics for remote access computer file format for textual data

Variable Fields

  • 035 A unique identifier of the record
  • 040 MiU |c MiU (University of Michigan NUC symbol)
  • 090 LC call number derived from the original print version
  • 260 Record publisher information pertinent to the original print source
  • 300 Physical description for the original print source
  • 533 Reproduction note on the processing of the page-image version - or
  • 534 Original version note for text-based items
  • 6XX Relevant LCSH assignments
  • 7XX Additional access points
  • 830 Uniform title series added entry
  • 856 URL for Electronic access

MARC records are provided "as is". Some options for MARC editing tools can be found on the Library of Congress' website: One free program, MarcEdit, can be downloaded here:

Subscribers may share the HEB bibliographic records and metadata with third-party, not-for-profit databases as well as other service developers and providers working to make this data more broadly accessible as long as the records are not being resold by any party.

Records for all HEB titles, complete with OCLC IDs, are also disseminated via WorldCat, and are available as a separate WorldCat Collection set.

Titles/MARC Records Removed

Since HEB went live in September 2002, 161 titles have been removed from the collection. Libraries can download this list of titles (including removal dates).

Post search options

Users can refine their search, save their search results, email their search history and save results as citations.

Search options

Basic searches can be by author, title, and subject. Advanced searches are possible using boolean operators, and proximity, bibliographic, and series searches.

Usage statistics

Institutional subscribers can access their stats for our new platform, Fulcrum, at This requires no login; it uses IP authentication to identify the requesting institution. You may need to alter the previous link to a proxied URL in order to be IP-authenticated to the reporting system.

Stats have been recorded on Fulcrum since our migration on 1 August 2018. You can still access stats from before July 31, 2018 at (choose ACLS Humanities E-Book (acls) in scrolling menu).

HEB stats are COUNTER 5 compliant. The COUNTER 5 standard is markedly different from COUNTER 4. The biggest difference comes in the way the reports count the number of hits. Your stats look different because the new COUNTER 5 standard shows use in a very different way and Fulcrum provides readers with a more modern way of reading which doesn't rely on individual page views in a page turner.

IMPORTANT: Several reports are available, but for details on title usage HEB subscribers should draw on the Title Master Report with the total item requests metric. For general platform usage, subscribers should draw on the Platform Master Report using the total item investigations metric. For details on chapter downloads, subscribers should draw on the Item Master Report using the total item requests metric.