1-11 Ordering Standards

Purpose: List of common sources for our Standards acquisitions as well as special instructions for preparing them for library use.


  • ANSI/ISO (American National Standards Institute)
    Cannot put digital copy on our server for access by patrons. Must subscribe to standards package, or, faculty can participate in a “classroom use” program to get free access to standards. Sent program info to faculty in 2006 in response to requests.

Note: Some ANSI standards are in the IEEE database subscribed by the library.

ACTION: Check IEEE database first. Buy print (probably from TechStreet.com) if full-text not found there.


  • ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)

Acquisitions has a standing order to the series, with a different order record for each section in Sierra. Most volumes are published every 4 years.

Send volumes to cataloging with gold slip with call number indicated:  TH 7005 .A8
Cataloging instruction: CLASS TOG CAT SEP  
ASHRAE are kept in binders in SciRef in order by Standard number


  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Order direct for Reference.  Indicate  call number:   TK 275 .A57  Cataloging instruction: CLASS TOG CAT SEP

If ASME Standard is accompanied or followed by an addenda or similar publication, pencil the call #on the upper left corner of publication, and send to Head of Reference.


  • ASTM International
    The library subscribes to the ASTM Compass database, which includes ASTM standards. We should not have to purchase any ASTM standard.


  • Comm 2000
    We can purchase print, or PDF to print out, and make them available in Reference.


  • ICC  (International Code Council)
    Publishes standards individually in PDF. As of 2015 they did not offer any institution-wide licensing options, and printing out standards to add to the collection was not allowed.


  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
    The library subscribes to IEEE Xplore, which has many full text standards, in addition to journal and other content. We should not have to order IEEE Standards. IEEE also contains some ANSI standards. Search IEEE Xplore first before ordering.


  • RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)
    4/17/14: Yvonne Meding, ymeding@resna.org said: “when the leadership of the Assistive Technology Standards Board met on April 15th, they gave approval for you to purchase and print a copy of the standards so you could add it to the reference collection for exclusive access by authorized (authenticated) patrons of the University of Maine.” We purchased PDFs and added print. RESNA did not offer an educational site license option.


  • SAE International
    The library has purchased selected print in the past. Most of their pubs are online-only standards, which must be a site license subscription.
  • TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)
    TAPPI Standards, TIPs (Technical Information Papers), & Useful Methods appear to be available via our TAPPI associate membership as of 2022, though not listed as part of our subscriptions, but there is no patron access via the links we provide. Checking into this 3/2022.


    The library has a Techstreet account as of 9/2013. www.techstreet.com. They sell standards published by many different international and U.S. sources, including some of those listed above.  PDFs have a watermark and are meant for one user only, so library cannot purchase PDFs for the collection. We now order print format only from Techstreet.

After logging in to account, you can check order status and print past invoices, and order print format documents, without having to enter a credit card. Library will be billed later.

Occasionally Techstreet will send e-mails to the department head that indicate there are free amendments to standards we already own in the form of downloadable PDFs. These should be printed out and sent to Reference for shelving. Techstreet will also email us if a standard has been superseded. Department head notifies both the engineering librarian and the reference library specialist about superseded standards, so they can be withdrawn. We do not automatically replace superseded standards.