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REU Library Guide: Codes and Standards

This guide will provide you with an introduction to the resources that are available through the library.

Codes and Technical Standards

A code is a set of rules and specifications for the correct methods and materials used in a certain product, building or process. Codes can be approved by local, state or federal governments and can carry the force of law. The main purpose of codes is to protect the public by setting up the minimum acceptable level of safety for buildings, products and processes.

A technical standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. Standards allow for interchangeability of parts, system interoperability, and they ensure quality, reliability and safety.

Code and Standard Resources

The library has electronic access to some codes and standards.  See the listings below for more details on available codes and standards.  

Resources for Identifying Codes and Standards

These resources allow you to identify standards. Standards are typically not available full-text from these resources. To request a code or standard please fill out a Standard Request Form.

Obtaining Codes and Standards

In support of MSOE educational and academic activities, the MSOE library will attempt to obtain copies of requested standards for current students and current employees of MSOE. Students and employees should be aware that a standard is typically a form of intellectual property that is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The MSOE library maintains records of all MSOE students and employees who obtain a copy of a standard from the library. In requesting a standard from the MSOE library, all MSOE students and employees agree to comply with all copyright and licensing requirements associated with the standard. Upon request, library personnel will apprise students and employees of any copyright, licensing, and other restrictions that may apply to specific standards.

To request a code or standard please fill out a Standard Request Form.