A prescribed set of rules, conditions, or requirements concerning definitions of terms; classification of components; specification of materials, performance, or operations; delineation of procedures; or measurement of quantity and quality in describing materials, products, systems, services, or practices.
National Policy on Standards for the United States and a Recommended Implementation Plan, National Standards Policy Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C.,December, 1978.
Global competitiveness and quality of life are ensured through the development and use of voluntary consensus standards.
James Olshefsky, ASTM Intl.
Sometimes standards can be found "hidden" in books - reprinted in whole or part. There are many books in the general collection that include coverage of industry standards. Below are just a few of the titles that can be checked out.