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Standards & Codes: Requesting Standards

Requesting Standards

If you need a standard that is not in UCSD's collection or freely available.

  • We may be able to borrow it through Interlibrary Loan, if the print version is held at other libraries.
    • If you want to check on a print copy first, try the UC Library Catalog (by standard number and or/name, for example ASCE/SEI/SFPE 29-05).
  • Electronic standards cannot be requested through interlibrary loan. Standards are often $100 or more, exceeding the normal ILL costs that can be covered. If you do request one, ILL will reach out to you for an index or credit card number.

The STEM librarians may purchase individual standards for the print collection, based on cost and the research needs of faculty, students and staff. Reach out to your librarian directly, or recommend a purchase. Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot purchase electronic (PDF) standards for the collection.

Free standards?

Start by searching for your standard on Google. Some organizations make their standards freely available. If it's a government standard (military/DOD, DOE, NASA, etc), try EverySpec.

Purchase Standards

Standards can be purchased directly from the organization or through one of these standards suppliers: