The Digital Library : DL Pricing (Academic)

All Digital Library orders with subscription start date of January 1, 2022 or after will receive 2022 pricing.

2022 Academic List Pricing is valid for all institutions ordering directly through ACM. 

Volume-based discounts are available for institutions ordering directly through academic library consortium. Please see below for more details.

Academic consortium pricing is based on several factors, including:

Annual licenses to the ACM Digital Library include access to all contents of the ACM Digital Library and Guide to Computing Literature Index

 The ACM DL Full-Text Database consists of: 

  • 60 peer reviewed scholarly journals; 2 fully Open Access peer reviewed scholarly journals;
  • 7 Niche Technology Magazines containing peer reviewed articles, practitioner-oriented articles, commentary, news, blog entries, and multimedia content (including ACM's flagship magazine the Communications of the ACM)
  • 38 Special Interest Group Newsletters
  • 275+ New Conference Proceedings Volumes per year with a total of over 2,600 Proceedings Volumes in the ACM DL archive 
  • Over 2,950,000 records in the Guide to Computing Literature Index. For each record, a complete citation page exists with links to the full-text of that record hosted by third parties. For the 633,429+ records contained in the ACM DL published by ACM, the full-text is immediately available on the DL platform and included in the annual license.

2021-2022 Academic List Pricing

Tiers 2021 New Subscriber List Prices (US$) % Increase From 2021 Prices for Existing Subscribers 2022 New Subscriber List Prices (US$)
2-year Colleges $2,000 0% $2,000
Tier 1 $15,114 0% $15,114
Tier 2 $20,978 2% $21,397
Tier 3 $28,667 3% $29,527

Download the 2022 Academic Pricing Guide Here

Discounts are based on ACM consortium discount policy, but typically range between 40%-50%.

As academic libraries feel increasing pressure to justify their expenditures on periodicals and scholarly databases, it is becoming progressively important for publishers to evaluate the benefit their users are getting out of these resources, and to make adjustments when necessary. In the case of the ACM Digital Library, our pricing continues to be among the lowest of all scholarly publishers, regardless of which metric is used for evaluation, however in some instances that pricing needs to be more consistent with market pricing to enable ACM to continue investing in the publications themselves.

While the importance of the usage is becoming an increasingly important metric for determining the value of the ACM Digital Library at an institutional level, we continue to believe strongly that usage is not the only metric which should be used to determine value. Simply having access to the number of high quality publications that exist in the ACM Digital Library and Guide to Computing Literature Index has an inherent value on its own that we believe far exceeds the cost charged to all subscribing institutions.


Updated August 31, 2021