Due to the technical issues we've experienced with SAI Global in recent years, we have decided to trial the database Techstreet for access to Australian Standards in 2021. Please read the section below titled Australian/New Zealand Standards on how to use Techstreet and the system requirements you'll need to meet to read the pdfs.
For most standards organisations, you will need to access a different database to obtain the standard/s you require. Refer to the applicable standard organisation in the section below for instructions on how to obtain your required standard/s.
If you have any questions about how to obtain a standard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: A standard that is not part of existing Library subscriptions will only be purchased for those patrons who are academic staff, postgraduate students and final year honours students and if the applicable user licence allows. A decision on whether to purchase a standard is made at the discretion of the Library.
Install the FileOpen plugin
Standards Australia also requires that Digital Rights Management (DRM) is enabled to secure PDFs on this platform. You will need the free FileOpen plug-in installed on your computer. Download the pdf to a local folder and open that pdf file with Adobe Reader. You cannot open a standard from within a browser window. Note: you may need to update your version of Adobe Reader to be compatible with FileOpen.
If FileOpen isn't being recognised by Adobe Acrobat Reader, consider using the alternative reader Foxit. It will install FileOpen the first time you try to open a standard. Restart Foxit once FileOpen has installed.
Save the file locally
Standards cannot be opened within a browser. Save the file to a local drive e.g. your downloaded files folder, and open the pdf file with Adobe Reader.
90% of ISO standards (and 50% of IEC standards) are now available for you to access yourself via the British Standards Online database (BSOL). The standards are the British implementation, but identical to the ISO. Once you open the standard, you will see a statement saying that it is identical to the ISO.
If you cannot find the standard because, for instance, it doesn't have a British implementation, send the details to email@example.com. Where possible, we will add the requested standard to the database IHS Engineering Workbench.
You will also find a small number of international standards held in print - find these using Library Search.
Current ASTM Standards are now available directly from ASTM Compass.
The ASTM Compass is also available for technical content covering a wide range of materials and industries, including Special Technical Publications, manuals, technical papers and journals.
For standards produced by organisations not referred to elsewhere on this page follow these two steps:
1. Conduct a search for the standard via Library Search. Search by keyword using the standard designation or the title of the standard.
2. If not found via Library Search, request the standard via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: If we find a print copy of the standard is available from another institution we may ask that you place a request via our resource sharing service. A standard that is not part of existing Library subscriptions will only be purchased for those patrons who are academic staff, postgraduate students or final year honours students and if the applicable user licence allows. A decision on whether to purchase a standard is made at the discretion of Library staff.