Beginning 3/16/20, all physical locations and collections of Cornell University Library are closed per university and local guidance and orders of the Governor in order to combat the coronavirus epidemic. Despite this situation, we are dedicated to helping our patrons obtain the materials they need for their research and teaching.
Given this situation, we are currently purchasing technical standards upon request in PDF format in spite of our normal policy. Individuals with a need for a given technical standard should contact us at the Engineering Library (email@example.com) and we can investigate the possibility of obtaining standards in electronic format.
Standards and codes are needed to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. They may be developed by trade associations, industries or government agencies. Upon publication they are given the acronym of the publishing organization together with a number and the current year identifies a given title e.g. ASCE 36 - 2001.
Standards may be incorporated into building codes, including building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes such as: IBC, IEBC, IEC; IECC; IFC; IMC; IPC; IRC; UBC; BOCA; SBC; ADA; ANSI; Fair Housing: UFAS; and NFPA. See alphabetical listing below for their location.
Different publishers or Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) make their standards available in different ways. Sometimes they are offered for free online (like the developer standard for USB 3.1), others offer a complete package of their standards which Cornell University Library is able to subscribe to so as to give access to all students and faculty (i.e. ASTM, IEEE). Other SDOs have so many standards it is impractical for us to subscribe to their complete package or else their standards package is not well-designed for use by universities.
ASTM (including AATC) - Regular access to both current and past standards via: ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library
IEEE - IEEE standards (except Draft standards) are accessible via
ASCE - ASCE Library
ASME - Boiler Pressure Vessel Code Volume II (Materials)
ASQ (American Society for Quality) - Knovel
International Building Code - Accessible online via Mad Cad
SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) - Part of the Knovel digital library.
ANSI (American National Standards Institute) - American National Standards Institute(online reference; full text may not be available)
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) - some standards available via NFPA (you will need to create a login first). We also have many older NFPA standards in print (see below)
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) - available via NISO
Some free standards are available for viewing only at the IBR List of Standards. (Standards Incorporated By Reference SIBR database hosted by NIST). Printing and downloading is not available.
ACI (American Concrete Institute) - Most-current manual is at the Uris Library Reference section (hardcopy). Older editions are available from the Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM)
SAE - The most-recent edition of the SAE Handbook (and standards thereof) which we have access to is from 2006. Contact the Engineering Librarians to get access. Older editions may be found in the Mathematics or Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM)
ISO (International Standards Organization) standards
If you need a standard that we do not have or which you cannot find, we may be willing to purchase a copy for the library for your use. Contact the Engineering librarians, firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-254-6261.
Note that due to licensing and DRM restrictions, we usually find it necessary to order individual standards in hardcopy format: Many standards vendors apply watermarking and other DRM software, plus require us to sign license agreements that prevent us from storing or offering their standards in digital form (i.e. a PDF).
Some foreign national standards sites