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Civil Engineering

Standards and Interlibrary Loan

Due to licensing restrictions it is usually not possible to interlibrary loan standards. Check with a librarian before requesting a standard via interlibrary loan. You may purchase standards directly from organizations or one of the vendors listed below. If you would like to recommend a standard for the library's collection, please contact your liaison librarian.


Engineering & Science Library

Reference Technician

Tracy Vyse

Liaison Librarians

Morag Coyne

Nasser Saleh

Michael White

Wenyan Wu


COVID-19 Pandemic

A number of SDOs have made selected standards available for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. See descriptions and links below. Some SDOs require user registration in order to view the COVID-19 related standards.

Queen's faculty, staff and students can access the full collection of CSA Standards via the Library's subscription. 

Finding Standards

Important Note

The CSA Standards collection is on a new platform that recommends that downloaded PDF documents be opened using the desktop version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat and NOT the built in browser reader. Additionally, the PDF document cannot be accessed off campus. Please use the online version.

In order to locate a standard you need the following pieces of information: name or acronym of the standards developing organization (SDO), standard number, title of the standard, and date of standard. Consult the appropriate standards database (ASTM, IEEE, etc...) to locate the desired standard. Also check Omni for print standards located in Queen's University Library.

If you're looking for standards on a particular subject, search appropriate keywords ("smoke detectors" or "smoke alarms") in the search engines at the bottom of the page.

Standards Search Engines

If you can't locate a standard in any of our print and online resources, try one of the following standards search engines.