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Concrete Vault is a bibliographical database of published information about concrete, with value added by the assignment of specialist index terms. Subject coverage is extensive – on all aspects of concrete and its related materials, design and construction – with international sources indexed systematically since 1976.

The database is the intellectual property of The Concrete Society and is protected by British and international copyright law. It is licensed for use under the following terms and conditions.

The site is located at www.concretevault.org, though access is also available through The Concrete Society’s web page www.concrete.org.uk. Select from the drop-down menu at Quick Links, towards the top left of the screen

Access is password protected, with usernames and passwords assigned by us. Please contact us if you lose your password.

You are encouraged to request free trial access to Concrete Vault. The trial provides access for two days and does not include free or discounted copies of any item. Free assistance is available by email or telephone.

Two levels of subscription are available:
  • For a single-user licence
  • For a multi-user licence
Subscriptions are offered on an annual basis (for the following 12 months) or for shorter periods of six months or 30 days.

The current fee scale is set out under the ‘Subscription’ button. Training and help is included, and discounted rates are available to members of The Concrete Society.

Payment can by made by any of the following methods:
  • Credit / debit cards – Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Switch. Card details can be presented by telephone, post, fax or email.
  • Cheques – in pounds Sterling, drawn on a British bank and made payable to ‘The Concrete Society’.
  • Bank draft or electronic transfer – BACS, Sprint or wire. Please email us for details. You will be responsible for any bank charges that arise.
Software and services such as copying (see below) are liable to Value Added Tax

Please note that either payment or a company purchase order is required before we release your licence, or – see below – fulfil any copying requests
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Immediate download
Some articles are available for immediate download and are priced at £5.00. They are supplied for your own personal use and should not be circulated electronically or placed on a website or intranet without our express permission.

Payment or a company purchase order is required before the download is enabled. You may pay directly and securely by card through the website. The PDF will be available for you to download for up to three days. Please collect your PDF from the ‘My downloads’ link.

Copying service
Concrete Vault is supported by the Concrete Society’s Information Services and the resources of its library. Copies of items identified on the database may be requested. Most can be supplied as a photocopy or emailed as a PDF. We aim to supply most requests within a working day and in specific circumstances can arrange to supply by return. Our current charge for the copying service is generally £5 + VAT per item (£3 for members), though this may vary according to the source of material copied or the size of order.

Alternatively, more extensive items will be more suitable for loan, a facility available to members of the Concrete Society only. Personal visits to view material in the library can also be arranged and are free to members. A charge applies to non-members.

Copying published material is subject to copyright law. In the UK this is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, which limits copying to one article per journal; one paper per conference; or one chapter (or 5%) of a book. The law requires users to complete and sign a copyright declaration which can be found under the ‘Request form’ link and is attached to any lists you generate from the ‘Output’ button.

The Copyright Licensing Agency sets a fee for items not used for private research. Currently the fee for commercial research is £9.00 + VAT but changes will be reflected in the request form, along with further details of the copyright law.

A copyright form with payment is required before your order can be despatched.
Changes to Terms and Conditions

The Concrete Society reserves the right to change or update the Terms & Conditions from time to time and without prior notice.
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