Standards Available at NC State University Libraries

We have compiled a list of relevant standards that organizations have made freely available for a limited period of time to support global efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. 

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 IHS Engineering Workbench database. (IHS users are required to access the IHS platform through a registered account. To register, you must provide your name and email address, as well as a password of your choosing. Your email address will serve as your username. If you need assistance with registering, contact IHS Customer Care at

Withdrawn or inactive standards and standards from other organizations will not be available online via IHS Engineering Workbench (you will see purchase prices for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 Standards


American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - ASABE

ASABE Technical Library

American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME

Underwriters Laboratory - UL

IHS Engineering Workbench
Click on "IHS Engineering Workbench"

American Society for Testing and Materials - ASTM

Code of Federal Regulations - CFR
Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers - IEEE
International Code Council - ICC

ICC Digital Codes Library

  • HTML access
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 Standards

Book/Serial Location

American Society of Agricultural Engineers - ASAE

Goes online as ASABE Technical Library in 2005

ASAE Standards (1984-2005)
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials - AASHTO

Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing

  • Contains all standards from AASHTO
  • More recent editions can be found in the Knovel database
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists - AATCC

AATCC Technical Manual

  • Contains all standards from AATCC

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 IHS Engineering Workbench

American Oil Chemists’ Society - AOCS Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME ASME 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 - TAPPI TAPPI 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.

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