Standards Available at the NC State University Libraries

This page summarizes access for the complete standard sets the NC State University Libraries buys or has free access to.

The NC State University Libraries buys online access to current and active standards from ASME and UL through the Engineering Workbench database. Note that you will need to create an individual account with your NC State email address in order to use this database. Instructions to access the database can be found here

Withdrawn or inactive standards and standards from other organizations will not be available online via Engineering Workbench (you will see purchase prices for them). They can be ordered individually, at no cost to the patron, via the Standards form in Tripsaver (this service available only to current NC State faculty, staff, students, and university affiliates). Several other standards sets listed below are available in print in the various NC State University Libraries.

Online StandardsFrom
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials - AASHTO


American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists - AATCC

ASTM Compass

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - ASABEASABE Technical Library

American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME

Underwriters Laboratory - UL

Engineering Workbench 
Click on "Engineering Workbench" after logging in
American Society for Testing and Materials - ASTM
Code of Federal Regulations - CFR
Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers - IEEE
  • Access to active IEEE standards
International Code Council - ICC

ICC Digital Codes Library

  • HTML access

International Electrotechnical Commission - IEC

International Organization for Standardization - ISO

ASTM Compass

  • Access to European-adopted IEC and ISO standards issued by AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification). 
  • A European adopted ISO or IEC standard is an ISO or IEC standard that has been adopted in full by the European Union, specifically the European Commission. Once this adoption takes place the ISO is now an EN ISO and the two documents are identical in every way with the addition of a National foreword/cover page. 
  • The standard number for these will begin with "UNE."  For example, UNE-EN ISO 105-Z07:1999 is equivalent to ISO 105-Z07:1995.  Similarly, UNE-EN 60601-1-2:2015 is equivalent to IEC 60601-1-2:2014.  Since European adoption occurs after the original IEC or ISO standard is issued, the year in the standard number may not be the same even though the standard itself is identical.
Military Standards and Specifications - MIL-STDS or MIL-SPECS
  • Note: not all standards have been cleared for public release
National Information Standards Organization - NISO 
See below for ISO. NISO ≠ ISO.


Print Only StandardsBook/Serial Location

American Society of Agricultural Engineers - ASAE

Goes online as ASABE Technical Library in 2005

ASAE Standards (1984-2005)
American Concrete Institute - ACI

ACI Manual of Concrete Practice

ACI Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications, and Practices (2018)

ACI 318-19: online access available via Engineering Workbench

American Oil Chemists’ Society - AOCSOfficial Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASMEASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code
Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE

SAE Handbook

CD-Rom (2006-2009)  
Books (1936-2005)

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry - TAPPITAPPI Test Methods


ISO Standards 
The NC State University Libraries does not buy access to all ISO documents, online or in print. There are, however, over 2000 books and documents related to ISO standards as well as approximately 315 items more tightly focused on ISO standards themselves in the collection.  Several hundred ISO and ISO/IEC standards are also publicly available through the ISO website.  We also have access to European-adopted ISO standards via our ASTM Compass subscription (see above table for more details).

Other standards books and documents 
There are over 10,000 books, documents and other materials in the Libraries relating to standards.