British Standards

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British Standards

British Standards

British Standards Online





British Standards Online is now available, free of charge, in all Glasgow Libraries and also remotely from work or home via our online catalogue (Glasgow Library card and PIN required).  

British Standards Online is a service provided by the British Standards Institution and provides access to 27,000 historical, draft and current standards.

The British Standard Institution defines a standard as ‘an agreed, repeatable way of doing something’. They are designed to make life simpler and to increase safety, efficiency and effectiveness of goods, services and products that we use.


To login to BSOL from home, enter your Glasgow Library card number/PIN into the account login box at the top right of our Online Catalogue page then follow the BSOL link.



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Demonstrating compliance with these widely recognised standards provides a ‘badge’ marking you out from the competition no matter the size of your business.

Compliance with British Standards allows you or your company to:  

  • attract and assure customers

  • demonstrate market leadership 

  • create competitive advantage 

  • develop and maintain best practice


You can view British Standards from any Glasgow Library or from work or home with a Glasgow Library card. To print or purchase a full British Standard contact Business @ The Mitchell.

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