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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 innumerable national or international trade associations, groups of industries or government agencies. To identify current standards search the ANSI database, which contains many world-wide standards.

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. Acronyms of organizations involved in writing standards, e.g. IEEE, API or UL, are listed at NSSN: Search Engine for National Standards.

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. Many are individually cataloged and are available in the print reference collection at the Engineering Library.

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

A brief overview with locations is given in the following tables:

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)
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditing Engineers


Selected ASHRAE standards (online)



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) Fine Arts Library or Library Annex (hardcopy)
ISO International Organization for Standardization International Organization for Standardization (online)

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 MAD CAD (online)
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

SSN World Standards Services Network Publicly Accessible Sites of Standards Organizations World Standards Services Network

Codes, including building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes have abbreviations such as: IBC, IEBC, IEC; IECC; IFC; IMC; IPC; IRC; UBC; BOCA; SBC; ADA; ANSI; Fair Housing: UFAS; and NFPA.

Some Foreign National Standards

British Standards Institute
Deutches Institut fur Normung
Japanese Industrial Standards


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

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103B Carpenter Hall
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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
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