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Access British Standards Online for Free (BSOL)


Libraries NI members can now gain free access to a database of more than 100,000 British, European and International standards using your library card. 

By entering your library membership/virtual membership and PIN number, all library members can log on to the British Standards Online website to view a database of more than 100,000 British, European and International standards.

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What is British Standards Online?

  • BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence.
  • British Standards Online (BSOL) is a bibliographic, citation and full-text database of more than 100,000 British, European and International standards.
  • British Standards Online includes a full range of technical and business content covering a broad range of disciplines for all industry sectors.
  • The collection of standards is maintained, stored, managed, and updated daily so you’ll always be up to date on the latest industry and consumer best practice.
  • Standards are knowledge. They are powerful tools that can help drive innovation and increase. productivity. They can make organisations more successful and people’s everyday lives easier, safer and healthier.


What is a standard?

  • A standard sets out an agreed way of doing something. It’s a statement of good practice, designed to make things better, safer, and more efficient.
  • Standards can cover a huge range of organisational activities, from making a product to delivering a service or creating a process.
  • A standard is a collective work. It represents the consensus of a group of experts and other people with an interest in the subject matter.
  • BSI shares knowledge, fosters innovation, and instils best practice as the UK’s national standards body.


Benefits of standards

Standards are a tried and tested way for organisations to follow good practice and work more effectively. Among their many benefits, they can help to:

  • improve performance, cut costs, manage, and reduce risk
  • increase international trade, speed up innovation
  • increase sustainability, demonstrate quality, and build customer trust.