Do you know the number of the standard?

If you know the standard number, request the hardcopy through the Library catalogue.

For example: to find Australian Standard C148-1950

1. Go to the Library Catalogue record for Australian Standards

2. Select the In the Library tab to see what standards the Library has. 

Under Items/Issues Held find the group which includes your Standard number. Standards held in the Library's collection are not listed individually, but grouped within larger series. In this case C148-1950 would be included within the series A1-C412 (1926-1978).

Note: Although the Library has many standards in its collection, it may not have every standard in these series.

3. If the particular standard number you need falls within one of the series listed, you can use the Request this button to view the standard in the Library's Main Reading Room.

Before you 'Confirm your Request' just enter the year and standard number in the spaces provided in the Library Catalogue request box:

  • Year (YYYY): 1950
  • Volume/No.: C148

If you do not know the number of the standard you need, you may be able to identify the standard number by searching an index.

  • Find the index record in the Library Catalogue, then request an index volume.
  • Identify the standard number, then request the standard.

Standards indexes or catalogues are published in annual volumes. They are not listed individually in the Library Catalogue, but grouped within longer date ranges.

The Library has indexes within the following date ranges:

Tip If a standard was endorsed during a particular calendar year, it will be listed in the index of the following year. e.g. a standard that was endorsed in May 1953 will appear in the 1954 index.

Case Study

Finding an historical Australian Standard

How do I find out what Australian Standard for B.A.(British Association) screw threads was in force in the early 1950s?

What information do you have? What other details do you need to find?

  • standard number: not known; date: 1950s
  • standard title: not known
  • keyword/subject:  screw

 Search an index to find the number, exact year and title.

1. Go to the Catalogue record for the 1954-1983 date range.

Tip Since older indexes are cumulative, they list previously published standards. A search of the index for 1955 will list standards from previous years. 

2. Submit an online request for the index for 1955, typing the year in the relevant field of the request box. The index volume will be delivered to the Main Reading Room.

3. In the index's alphabetical list search for the keyword/subject . The alphabetical list will also list the standard number.  In this case, we will find Screw threads: B.A., standard number B. 46.

4. In the index's numerical list find the standard number . The listing in the numerical index provides further information about the standard, such as the year it was endorsed, so you can ensure that it's the one you need.

You now have enough information to identify the standard: 

  • Standard number B.46; date: 1953 = B.46 —1953
  • Standard title: Screw Threads, British Association.

5. Go to the Catalogue record for Australian standards, and use the Request this button.

In the request box, type in your information:

  • Year (YYYY): 1953
  • Volume/No.: B.46
  • Notes (< 100 characters): Screw threads, British Association

The standard you requested will be delivered to the Main Reading Room.