Humanities E-Book
The Online Collection
Developed By Scholars

Access and Browser Requirements

Books may be accessed directly from links in the MARC records that have been loaded into the catalog of a subscribing institution. These records contain stable URLs that represent the most reliable way to reach the material at our site. If a subscribing institution has an access system that requires that URLs be rewritten, such as for proxy service, statistics tabulation, etc., that institution will need to make those local modifications to the URLs as system access requires.

For most access problems (particularly off-campus), including any proxy server questions, please consult the list of common access problems at:

If you experience any browser compatibility issues, you may want to try downloading an updated browser from one of the following sites:


The number of titles in the ACLS HEB collection grows by around 3% a year and the 3% increase in price is set to match the increase in content. The 5,000+ titles in ACLS HEB are licensed from a range of publishers (mostly non-profit university presses) based on recommendations from the ACLS learned society members. ACLS tries to balance the needs of these publishers for sustaining their mission-driven publishing programs and with the very difficult budget situations that the libraries are facing – something we appreciate as part of the University of Michigan Library. The cost per use of titles in ACLS HEB is already low and there are no hidden fees [e.g., platform fees]. We’re trying hard to balance the needs of publishers and libraries and act in a responsible way. 15% of the income from ACLS HEB also is returned to the American Council of Learned Societies which supports fellowships to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences, especially those with precarious positions and/or those from marginalized communities.

ACLS HEB 2021 Institutional Pricing:

  • Very Large Institutions – $4,530
  • Large Institutions – $3,262
  • Medium Institutions – $1,751
  • Small Institutions – $1,088
  • Very Small Institutions – $636

OpenURL Compliance

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 catalog 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.

ADA Compliance and Accessibility

ACLS Humanities E-Book is live on the Fulcrum platform as of August 1, 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 digitized 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 2.1.

If you have any further questions, please email

Printing and Downloading

Since most material on this site is licensed for online electronic distribution only, this means that users are restricted to printing a chapter or chapters for personal research use. If, as an instructor, you want to use material in a course, you can provide the Citable Link permanent URL on the title record page. If you want to photocopy a chapter for your course, you must apply directly to the original publisher or copyright holder for permission. If in doubt, or for further information, see our section on fair use.

To download a chapter, go to the chapter/section headings listed under the “Table of Contents” tab. The “Read” button will take you into the e-reader; clicking on the “Download” button generates a PDF of the chapter.

Do not distribute the download link — HEB titles can be accessed by subscribers in a variety of ways, which impacts the URL generated.

A chapter may be downloaded or printed at a time. This is generally sufficient for following a citation or extracting a quotation and follows HEB’s policy for fair-use rights and limitations.

Please note, HEB’s XML titles on Fulcrum currently do not support chapter downloads. 

HEB also offers a subset of titles from its collection for purchase separately as print-on-demand or handheld editions.

MARC Records

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

As of June 2020 , 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’s 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, 196 titles have been removed from the collection. Libraries can download a list of those titles (including removal dates) here.

Usage Statistics

Institutional subscribers can access their stats for our new platform, Fulcrum, at Stats have been recorded here since our migration on August 1, 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.

*We strongly encourage you to consult the resources below for more information:

The Friendly Guide to Release 5 for Librarians

Glossary of COUNTER terms

COUNTER website

Quick Reference COUNTER 5 guide

NOTE: HEB tracks usage through IP access only. Consequently HEB does not track off-site institutional access through ATHENS or SHIBBOLETH. Athens and Shibboleth users need to combine the results of HEB stats with those stats for an accurate picture of usage. 

NOTE: HEB also does not track off-campus password access for secondary schools that do not use a proxy server. Consequently, depending on how HEB is accessed at those schools, stats for HEB may seem unexpectedly low.

Proxy Server Configuration

If your campus uses a proxy server, it generally needs to be configured with the host names and/or domains of our servers. Please note, since the DLXS platform will remain live until December 2018, librarians should keep the DLXS proxy stanza in place until notified otherwise. Questions? Email

As of August 1, 2018 these are:

New Fulcrum Configurations

For the proxy service to take effect, users at your campus or institution need to access the service via a connection through the proxy server, not directly. Your proxy server administrator can provide you with a proper URL for linking to our service; ensure that your users are entering via that URL.

IP Address Updates

If you would like to add an IP address to your authorized 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 authorized, please consult:


HEB provides Shibboleth service via the UK Federation. If you are interested, please contact us at for details.

Please note that, as stats in our system are tabulated only by IP address, off-campus access via Shibboleth will not be tracked as part of a subscriber’s usage stats. Shibboleth users will need to track any off-site hits separately. This can be set up through RAPTOR.

Privacy and Data Collection

The University of Michigan Library, which hosts the HEB collection, may collect some data about your institution’s use of HEB in order to improve services and to integrate with university teaching and learning initiatives. It is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of user data in compliance with federal and state laws and professional standards. Follow this link to read the university’s Library Privacy Statement, which governs Michigan Publishing’s hosting of HEB.