The Digital Library : DL Pricing (Academic)

All Digital Library orders with subscription start date of January 1, 2018 or after will receive the new 2018 pricing.

2018 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: 

  • 54 Total Journals, of which 44 are ACM owned and published titles and an additional 12 are published by affiliated organizations and hosted by ACM in the DL by special arrangement
  • 8 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)
  • 37 Special Interest Group Newsletters
  • 275+ New Conference Proceedings Volumes per year with a total of over 2,500 Proceedings Volumes in the ACM DL archive 
  • Over 2,237,215 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 407,367+ 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.


2018 Academic List Pricing


Tiers 2017 New Subscriber  List Prices (US$) % Increase From 2017 Prices for Existing Subscribers 2018 New Subscriber  List Prices (US$)
2 Year Colleges $2,000 0% $2,000
Tier 1 $14,242 2% $14,527
Tier 2 $18,284 4% $19,015
Tier 3 $23,143 6% $24,532

2017 Academic List Pricing


Tiers 2016 New Subscriber  List Prices (US$) % Increase From 2016 Prices for Existing Subscribers 2017 New Subscriber  List Prices (US$)
2 Year Colleges $2,000 0% $2,000
Tier 1 $13,963 2% $14,242
Tier 2 $17,581 4% $18,284
Tier 3 $21,833 6% $23,143

 Download the 2017 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.

If you have questions about the above changes for 2018, please don't hesitate to contact us at Thank you.

Updated September 13, 2017

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