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11. Inter-Library Loans. The Subscriber and individual users affiliated with the Subscriber may make digital or hard copies of the individual articles contained within the DL, as long as such copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and all such copies bear the ACM copyright notice. The Subscriber's Authorized Users may download and print articles for personal use and archive contents on their own personal computers. Facsimile images that are exact representations of the print pages or of printouts from the electronic database may be provided for interlibrary loan under CONTU guidelines and distributed in paper, fax, or digital form. Libraries may include copies of DL digital content in local electronic course reserve systems limited to use of Authorized Userd of current classes.


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12. Educational and Library Uses of Copyrighted Material. Electronic Reserves - Permission granted without fee provided the library or institution has an authentication mechanism for controlled access to the server and a license to the ACM-copyrighted work. A college, university or other accredited institution may place a single copy of a definitive version of the work in its library's electronic reserves for the duration of its educational needs for that work, provided that access is limited to its enrolled students (including those in its distance learning programs), faculty, and staff. Those institutions without a current license to the work should contact permissions@acm.org.

Archival Access

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15. Post-Cancellation Perpetual Access. Upon termination of this Agreement, and upon written request from the Authorised Institution, the Publisher will provide the Authorised Institution and their Authorised Users with access to the full text of the Licensed Material which was published and paid for during the term of this Agreement either through the ACM DL platform (http://dl.acm.org), Portico, CLOCKSS or other means mutually agreed upon by the Publisher and the Subscriber. Authorized Institutions requesting Post-Cancellation Access (PCA) services agree to provide the Publisher with a complete list of current IP Addresses registered for its institution at the time subscription access is terminated and PCA services are activated. All IP information provided will remain valid for the duration of the Authorised Institution’s post-cancellation access, and no further changes or updates to this information will be made by the Publisher. The full text of the electronic files may not be resold at any time; this remains in effect in perpetuity. Authorised Institutions will be required to sign a separate Post-Cancellation License Agreement with the Publisher. Continuing post cancellation access is subject to the terms and conditions of use of this License.


ACM Digital Library is a Consortia Canada license negotiated on behalf of member libraries by the Conference des recteurs et des principaux des universites du Quebec (CREPUQ).

Changes with new license

  • The Canadian fair dealing language is used in clause 2.
  • Libraries can modify the content for users with disabilities per clauses 3, 16 and Appendix C.
  • Confidentiality language is new and was added in clause 13, however you can share licence info including pricing with your members (they initially didn’t want us telling libraries in your consortium what others were paying) or as required by law.
  • Perpetual rights to content published during subscription years is granted in clause 15.

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