How to find standards in the Library
A standard is a "a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose" (ISO: 2015).
Any standard is a collective work, drawn up by a committee of manufacturers, users, research organizations, government departments and consumers working together.
We use standards to achieve a level of safety, quality and consistency in products and processes.
Standards available in the Library
British Standards Online (BSOL)
British Standards and Eurocodes in full text and free of charge. Members of Imperial can purchase print versions at the subscriber price.
ISO or EN standards
The Library does not hold ISO or EN standards, however you may be able to use an equivalent British Standard. To find an equivalent, use the British Standards Online full search form and type the ISO or EN number into the International Standard Number field.
Obtaining standards not available in the Library
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - all fields except electrical and electronic engineering
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) - electrotechnical devices
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - telecommunications and telegraphy
Searching for standards
These sites are a central point to search for standards information. It is rare for standards bodies to make their standards available in full text without charge.
NSSN: A National Resource for Global Standards covering American and non-American standards (including DIN, BSI and EU based standards).
Techstreet the technical information superstore.