By Julia Gelfand, Resource Liaison and Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, UCI Libraries

Seven campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Santa Barbara, San Diego) are now participating in a Tier 2 negotiation for the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library (SEDL) at  ASTM, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.

Today, some 12,200 active ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.  In addition there are 28,500 historical and withdrawn standards, plus 12,300 Redlined Standards (PDF documents that provide change marks to compare the additions, deletions or other changes between an active standard and the prior version) included where revisions were made.  There are nearly 100 categories of standards with the largest number in the categories of Construction, Metals, Nonferrous Metal Products, Paint & Related Coating, Petroleum, Lubricants & Fossil Fuels, Plastics, Environmental, Rubber, Steel, Textiles, Electrical Insulation and Electronics, Water & Environmental Technology, Nuclear, Solar and Geothermal Energy, General Methods & Instrumentation,  and new areas that reflect 3D Imaging standards, Additive Manufacturing Standards, Medical Device Standards and Implant Standards among others.  The standards are searchable by keyword or standard number and full text access to all standards in either PDF or HTML format can be retrieved.

The SEDL requires that all users click through and accepts the terms of the license.  While ASTM is best known for its standards, SEDL also includes nearly every other ASTM publication, including 1500+ books and 60,000+ papers and chapters dating back to 1932. 

In addition to the standards, three main collections of publications compose the books, journals and papers of the SEDL, and the CDL Shared Cataloging or SCP unit will be processing individual bibliographic records at the source level for the following content that will be noted in Melvyl and local opacs:

  • Peer reviewed conference proceedings/Special Technical Publications (STPs)
  • Journals – ASTM issues the following titles: 
    1. Geotechnical Testing Journal
    2. Journal of Testing and Evaluation
    3. Journal of ASTM International
    4. Journal of Forensic Sciences Backfile from 972-2005
    5. Journal of Cement, Concrete and Aggregates (CCA) – historical issues
    6. Journal of Composites Technology and Research (JCTR) – historical issues
  • Manuals, Monographs and Data Series Library – basically an eBook collection

This is a major digital resource for the participating campuses.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Julia Gelfand, Resource Liaison (; 949-824-4971)