Business & IP Centre Devon

British Standards Online

What are British Standards?

British Standards are created by industry experts and represent agreed best practice and standards that enhance innovation, productivity, sustainability and safety. 

There are British Standards for all business and industry sectors. They are well worth familiarising yourself with as they can help your business improve its efficiency, productivity and safety, by accessing best practice guidelines quickly and easily.

Access British Standards Free of Charge

British Standards Online (BSOL) is a simple online tool that provides full text viewing and access to the current, draft and withdrawn British Standards, plus international standards which have been adopted by the British Standards Institute.


British Standards Online is available in Exeter, Barnstaple and Paignton libraries and can be accessed from the public computers, or on your own device via our free wi-fi. Follow the link from Devon Reference Online or Torbay Reference Online; no password required.

To access from home, log in to Devon Reference Online or Torbay Reference Online with your library card and PIN. Click the ‘Open BSOL as a Library Member’ link, which will be displayed once you’ve logged in.

This is a ‘view only’ database – printing and downloading are not available.