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Engineering Standards and Codes


Standards and codes are needed to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. Standards may be developed by trade associations, industries or government agencies.Upon publication the acronym of the publishing organization together with a number and the current year identifies a given title e.g. ASCE 36 - 2001.

Codes include 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 table below for their location.

If you are having problems locating a standard, contact the Engineering librarians, or 607-254-6261.

US Organizations Involved in Writing Standards

Title of Resource
Location (online or hardcopy)
ACI Manual of Concrete Practice
Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM)

American National Standards Institute
(Includes some ANS, ASAE, ASCE, ASHRAE, ASME, AWWA, EIA, NFPA, SAE, UL standards, filed as ANSE/ASME...)

American National Standards Institute (online reference; full text may not be available)

Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM)

ASCE American Society for Civil Engineers standards

ASCE Library (online)

(or Search catalog for "ASCE standard" in Guided Keyword Search)

Also included as part of the Knovel digital library


American Society for Quality

Part of the Knovel digital library


Annual Book of ASTM standards

(A Multivolume Set of Full-text Books)

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library (online)

Library Annex (Search catalog for TA401 .A51 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

Library Annex (hardcopy)

Volume II (Materials) also available online
ASME standards
Some additional stadnards can be found in hardcopy, interfiled with ANSI standards:
Library Annex (Search catalog for T59.A51 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)
- Index and Directory of Industry Standards Library Annex (hardcopy)

IEEE standards

Networked Resource

IEEE Xplore


Library Annex (Search catalog for TK5700 .I592 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)

 (IEEE Standards are listed in the catalog, each numbered with individual title)

IBE International Building Code (superseded Uniform Building Code as of 1997)

Mad Cad

Fine Arts Library or Library Annex (hardcopy)

ISO International Organization for Standardization

International Organization for Standardization (online)

ISO standards are generally only available for purchase. The library may be willing to purchase such standards as a normal materials request. However, ISO standards are licensed and watermarked to the purchaser. Contact the Engineering librarians to inquire.


U.S. Department of Defense

Military Standards and Specifications (online; contains many free military and Dept. of Defense standards and handbooks)

ASSIST Quicksearch (online)
NFPA National Fire Protection Association


NFPA (some are free online)

We also have some in print at the Library Annex as part of this record here (you will need to scroll down; hit "Request" at the top of the page to request individual standards from that collection).

National Information Standards Organization
NISO (online)
National Electrical Code
National Institute of Standards and Technology Standard Physical Reference Data Page (SI standard units, conversion factors, universal constants)

NIST Physical Reference Data Page (online)

Library Annex (Search catalog for QC94 .S47 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)


National Resource for Global Standards (National Standards Systems Network)

Uniform Building Code
(1997 superseded by International Building Code)

Library Annex (Search catalog for TH223 .P3 1997 or K3538 .A15 I57 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)




SAE Handbook
Society of Automotive Engineers

SAE Digital Library (online)

Mathematics or Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM)


Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Part of the Knovel digital library

Some Foreign National Standards

British Standards Institute
Deutches Institut fur Normung
Japanese Industrial Standards


Acronyms and indexes of standards are located in NSSN: Search Engine for National Standards and ANSI database.

Standards not held at Cornell may be ordered by the library - please inquire at the Service Desk or send an email to

Jeremy Cusker, Engineering Library

Jeremy Cusker
103B Carpenter Hall

Engineering Library

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 254-6261