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Quick Links for Standards Access

  • ASTM Compass
    Access to full text of ASTM standards.
  • MAD CAD: Building Codes Online
    Access to national and international building and construction codes and standards.
  • NFPA Codes and Standards
    As part of its commitment to enhancing public safety, NFPA makes its codes and standards available online to the public for free. Access is in read-only format.
  • IEEE Xplore
    Access to IEEE Standards.
  • Knovel
    Search in Knovel for access to some ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes.
  • ASSIST  
    Access to Military Specifications.
  • SAI Global Standards Infobase
    UM users may search for standards in the SAI Global Standards Infobase. (Restricted to U-M faculty/staff/students for U-M sponsored teaching and research use only. Authentication required.)

Getting Standards from the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library

How Do I Get a Copy of a Standard in the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library?


Access the standard(s) you need based on the issuing agency:


    * ASTM Standards can be downloaded from ASTM Compass.To find an ASTM standard:

          o Click on 'Standards and Engineering Digital Library.'

          o Review the license terms and agree to continue.

          o Search by ASTM standard number.

          o Select either the PDF or the text version to view the standard.


    * ASCE Standards are available from the ASCE Research Library.


    * ASME Standards - Some ASME standards are available through Knovel:



    * AWWA Standards - Some AWWA standards are available through Knovel.  Look for AWWA standards in Knovel by entering a search for AWWA and then the standard number (for example:  AWWA M42).

   * ANSI Incorporated by Reference Standards - selected standards from ISO, IEC, AHAM, AWS, IAPMO, IES, NEMA, and other societies that have been incorporated by reference in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These standards are hosted in a read-only format (no downloading or printing options) and available at no cost here.


    * IEEE Standards are accessible via IEEE Xplore (authorized U-M users only).


    * SAE Standards are included in the SAE Handbook, which is kept in the reference collection on the second floor.  The current edition is available on CD-ROM.  Ask for help at the Library Reference Desk.


    * Building and Energy Codes - Building, fire, and energy codes, including standards from ICC (e.g. 2012 International Building Code), NFPA, ASHRAE, and State of Michigan building codes, are available online through MAD CAD:


    * AAMI - Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards are available on CD-ROM, call number CD-ROM R856.6.A25 at the Art, Architecture, & Engineering Library.  AAMI-approved medical device standards from ANSI, IEC, ISO and other organizations are also included on this CD-ROM. Please find a list of AAMI standards available on the CD-ROM here. Ask for the CD-ROM at the Reserve Desk on the 2nd floor of the Duderstadt Center. For assistance, please contact AAEL staff at 734-647-5735.


    *ACI - American Concrete Institute standards are published in the ACI Manual of Concrete Practice, available online.  Please follow the link from the Mirlyn catalog record.  For assistance, please contact AAEL staff at 734-647-5735.

    * NFPA - National Fire Protection Association codes are available free online (Read-Only format) at the NFPA website:


    * OSHA & MiOSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards are available online at the OSHA website:

Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards are available online at the MiOSHA website:,1607,7-154-11407_15368---,00.html


    * Military Specifications - The Department of Defense has made many military standards available for free (registration and approval is required for access). Please see DoD's ASSIST (at website for coverage and to register for access. Users may also gain access to DoD's ASSIST in person at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library. Some Military Specifications may also be available via the SAI Global Standards Database (UM-Ann Arbor affiliated users only).

    * Municipal Codes - Online access to municipal codes of over 1,000 local governments in the United States is available through


    * Historical standards - The Art, Architecture & Engineering Library maintains a small collection of historical standards in print format. A searchable database of these standards holdings is available via Historical Standards at AAEL.


    * For all other standards not listed above, UM-Ann Arbor affiliated users may request that the standard be ordered via the SAI Global Standards Infobase (library staff will review the order then forward the standard on to you if approved).  If you need help using the ILI Database, please contact the Reference Desk.




 If You Are Not a User of the UM Art, Architecture & Engineering Library


(UM-Dearborn & UM-Flint affiliates should contact their respective libraries for standards access.) 


If you are a non-UM affiliated user who wants to use our standards collection, you may freely visit our library. However, there are few resources available to non-UM affiliates through the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.  


      Among the resources that are available to you in the AAEL are

         o SAE Handbook (CD-ROM and paper format, available in the Reference Collection)


      A good resource for finding and acquiring a standard is NSSN, a searchable database of global standards that will link you to where the standard may be acquired (usually for a fee).


      There may also be other sources outside of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library available to you, including:

          o Other libraries in your area

          o Military standards over the WWW.

          o Standards suppliers (for-pay document delivery services):


                TechStreet 800-699-9277; 

                IHS 800-525-7052; 

                ILI 201-986-1131; 

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