Frequently Asked Questions About Downloading SAE Documents

What SAE documents are available for downloading in .PDF format?
Technical papers, all SAE Ground Vehicle Standards, all Aerospace Materials Specifications and Aerospace Standards are available for downloading. Papers from meetings are available for downloading one week prior to the first day of the meeting.

Where do can I find my documents once I purchase them?
All of your purchased documents can be found in MyLibrary. Through MyLibrary you can view or download your documents.

Can I share .PDF files I purchase from SAE with my co-workers, or print out copies for them?
No. When you download a document, you have agreed to the license that stipulates that the .PDF file is for your use only. You may not distribute copies in any form, print or electronic.

Can I customize the .PDF file or use portions of it in other publications?
No. SAE documents are copyrighted and cannot be copied or altered, in part or in whole.

How long does it take to download a file?
Download time depends on several factors: file size (this is listed for each downloadable document), your computer, the speed of your Internet connection, and Internet traffic. Downloading a document may take less than a minute or significantly longer, depending on any of these factors.

Do I have to download my document immediately after I fill out the order form?
No, all documents purchased are immediately available any time in your MyLibrary for you to view or download.

What if I don't have the Adobe Acrobat Reader?
You can download a free copy here.

Can I order print publications at the same time I download a document?
Yes, you can mix downloads, fax orders, or mail orders in the same "shopping cart." SAE will process the print orders as we normally do, and you will proceed to MyLibrary to get your electronic documents.

Can I be billed for downloaded documents?
No. The cost of all downloaded documents must be prepaid with a credit card or deposit account.

What if I run into difficulty while downloading?
If you encounter problems while trying to download, email CustomerService@sae.org or call: 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada only) or 724-776-4970 (outside the U.S. and Canada).

More details about ordering from SAE are available here.