A faster, easier way to work with standards
BSOL is the online standards database that makes using standards easier and more cost effective. With it, you can access over 55,000 British, adopted European and International standards from your desktop. It’s available 24/7 and revised every day so you'll always be up to date.
Just browse, search and download the information you need. You’ll find what you’re looking for in seconds – searching by number, keyword or phrase.
Online standards are always the latest version. Plus, you’ll be sent automatic email alerts to let you know what’s changed and when. No more worrying about using an out-of-date document.
Choose from 53 subject-related modules or build your own collection. Gain access to thousands of standards with just one license for all your sites.
What are users saying?
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Four easy ways to work with BSOL
1. Subscribe to the full collection
The full collection contains over 55000 British Standards and is the most comprehensive way to ensure you have access to the standards you need.
This option is often taken by libraries, universities, larger organizations, and those who work over a wide range of technical fields.
2. Subscribe to subject based modules
The BSOL database is broken down into 53 standards based modules and 3 book modules. Each module contains all the standards related to a specific subject, and many contain thousands of individual standards. Chances are your subject area is covered — you can browse the full list of modules below.
We've also mapped each BSOL module against UK legislation and EC Directives in these handy PDFs:
The three Books modules are: Management, Quality and Risk; ICT and Information governance; and Construction and fire. The books collections contain BSI's published guidance on how to get the most from popular standards.
3. Subscribe to a collection
Collections are put together for more niche areas of interest, and contain a smaller number of standards. For example, there is a wide ranging module for construction, but a smaller, more specific collection for lifts.
The collections are:
- Facilities Management
4. Create your own custom collection
Get every standard you require and none you don't — just tell us what standards you need to use and we'll put together a custom collection.Request more information >
Helpful information for BSOL users
The official web address of BSOL is: https://bsol.bsigroup.com/
BSOL Training Team
As a BSOL subscriber, you have access to a dedicated BSOL team.
These BSOL experts can help you with quick tips, or more detailed customized sessions to ensure you're getting the most from BSOL.
They're available over the phone, online (via a webinar) or at your workplace for one-to-one or group sessions.
To book or for more information, contact us at:
A BSI advisor will be in touch within 48 working hours.
Below are links to recorded demonstrations providing you with guidance on how to use different functions in BSOL.
If there are other demonstrations that you would like us to add here, please let us know by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you find these tips helpful. If you have any key areas that you would like help with, please email us at email@example.com
New BSOL coming soon
You’ll soon have access to new features that will save you even more time and effort.
See documents before you open them
New ‘PDF browser’ technology allows you to browse entire documents from inside your browser. Just think of similar ‘look inside’ features from major online retailers, but better, because you can see the whole document.
More advanced search
We’ve increased the number of searchable fields in advanced search from six to ten. That means you can find standards in more ways, for example by publisher, ISBN or industry classification. We’ve also refined the algorithms behind normal search to make finding the right document more intuitive.
More useful notifications
'My notifications' has been completely redesigned and now offers more detail, including 'before and after' information for every change.
How to get ready
To get the most out of the new BSOL, you'll need to download one additional piece of free Microsoft software called Silverlight.
Microsoft Silverlight is a technology that's enabled new features like 'live preview'. For most users, installation will involve simply clicking the link at the end of this article, and following the steps on Microsoft's website.
If you experience any issues with installing Silverlight in your organization, please get in touch with our online support team at firstname.lastname@example.org, they'll be happy to help.
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