Answered By: Joe Bourneuf
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2016     Views: 73

Generally it is easy to locate (and then pay to download) ISO Standards using Google or any popular search engine, but free copies aren't readily found in libraries. I expect that institutions and corporations that need specific Standards pay for those that apply to their work, as a cost of doing business. On the other hand, it would be extremely costly for any library to collect these comprehensively, in order to supply the occasional and unpredictable needs of their patrons. (Currently there are some 20,000 ISO Standards, and these are updated regularly.) Short of paying the ISO fee, Interlibrary Loan seems the best option, despite the somewhat slim odds of finding an available copy. If you are currently a Harvard affiliate, you will find instructions for initiating ILL requests at  Otherwise, please contact the staff at you own local library.

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