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A standard is a published document that contains a technical specification or other precise criteria. These are designed to be used consistently as a rule, guideline, or definition in order to increase the reliability and the effectiveness of the products and services we use. Standards are created by bringing together the experience and expertise of all interested parties such as the producers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators of a particular material, product, process or service.

British Standards

  • British Standards at Queen Mary Mile End Library

Please note that Queen Mary does not currently subscribe to British Standards Online or subscribe to a complete set of printed British Standards.

BSI makes standards available to libraries only under licence restrictions which forbid loan or inter-library loan. However, the British Library has electronic access to the full range of current British Standards, and these are available from the reading room computer terminals.

Subject coverage of standards collections includes science, technology and business service specifications. The collection is updated daily and 2,000 new or revised standards are added annually to ensure that technical content is current.

International Standards

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM): ASTM standards are published in the Annual Book of ASTM standards. Queen Mary has the 1989 edition, shelved at Science Reference TA368 AME (Mile End Library 1st Floor). Search the ASTM web site to check the standard you need. If the standard is later than 1989, you can:
  • Visit the British Library, St Pancras. Latest years are on CD-ROM - ask for help. Earlier printed issues are at the Classmark (P) T 83 - E (2), up to 1997.
  • Request the standard via Inter-Library Loan (staff and reserchers only)
  • Order the standard directly from the ASTM Store


  • DIN Standards: German standards - Deutsches Institut fur Normung. British Standards Institution Library has access to all current DIN standards in printed or electronic formats and loans DIN standards to members.
  • IEEE Standards: Current standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are available via IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
  • ISO Online: International Organisation for Standards Online. Contains international standards covering business, government and society.
  • UK Defence Standardization: Contains Defence Standards, grouped into three categories:
  • Extant and Interim - These standards may be used in support of new and existing equipment
  • Obsolescent - Standards no longer required for the procurement of new equipment but retained for maintenance purposes in support of existing in–service equipment.
  • Withdrawn - These standards have been superseded or are of no further service use. These documents are not available online.
  • Techstreet Standards: US based online standards store.
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