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Mechanical Engineering Resources: Codes and 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 and some codes and standards are available in print in the reference section. 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 freely available full-text from these resources.