What is a standard?
A standard is "rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality" which is "set up and established by authority."
(Based on Webster's Third New International Dictionary: the English Language Unabridged. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc. Publishers, 1993.)
If you need assistance determining whether the library has access to a specific standard, please call the Libraries' Information Desk at 494-2873. You may also use the Libraries' Ask A Librarian service.
Specific standards not owned by Purdue may be requested via the Engineering Library's Purchase Request
Welcome to Purdue University Libraries' Standards Collection
Purdue University Libraries provides standards from a variety of organizations in print and online formats. These collections and services are provided by serial subscriptions, special funding, and one-time purchases. Most print standards are located in the Engineering Library.
Many national and international standards are purchased as needed, catalogued individually, and shelved in our Standards Collection by Call Number.
Purdue's Standards Collections
The Engineering Library has historically subscribed to many new and revised print standards approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) as well as several other standards organizations which are listed with "Major Series." Some are in print and some are online full-text.
A searchable catalog of available print standards is contained in the Purdue University Standards Database
Click on "Purdue Collections" for information about how the standards are shelved.