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About ASM Handbooks Online

ASM Handbooks Online™ is the industry's best known and most comprehensive source of information on metals and materials technology. The ASM Handbook is published by ASM International, the preeminent association for engaging and connecting materials professionals and their organizations to the resources necessary to solve problems, improve outcomes, and advance society. The ASM Handbook contains peer-reviewed, trusted information in every area of materials engineering.

The ASM Digital Library platform offers several new features for ASM Handbooks Online users. To learn more, view the Demonstration Video. Or, to get started, select “Handbooks by Volume” in the navigation menu to view and link to the current volumes in the series.

The ASM Handbook Program

Handbooks published by ASM International have been key information resources for the materials engineering community ever since 1923, when the Handbook of the American Society for Steel Treating was published. (The ASST was the precursor to the American Society for Metals, now ASM International.) From 1936 to 1990, the series was known as the Metals Handbook. In 1991, the name was changed from Metals Handbook to ASM Handbook to reflect the increasing coverage of polymers, ceramics, and composite materials in the series.

What started with a single loose-leaf volume in 1923 has grown to a current collection of more than 35 volumes providing authoritative data and information on the properties, processing, and applications of metals and nonmetallic engineering materials.

The handbook program is overseen by the ASM Handbook Committee, with a volunteer membership made up of materials professionals from industry, research, and academia. Handbooks are planned and written by volunteer groups organized by the Handbook Committee.

How to Contribute

Experts on topics that fall into the general scope of the ASM Handbook are encouraged to volunteer to update or contribute new content to the series. Please contact to volunteer. Other comments and questions about the series can be sent to the same email address.

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A variety of options are available for accessing ASM Handbook content in the ASM Digital Library. See ASM Handbook Access Options for details.


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