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.  

Finding standards

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.

IEEE standards
ITU-R Recommendations online. Contact Angela Goldfinch a.goldfinch@imperial.ac.uk to register.

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library (SEDL)

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

Try the following services:

British Library - the British Library at St Pancras holds some non-British standards

Document Delivery Service

British Standards Institution

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.