The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

How to view (and Download) BS standards

British standards are one of those annoying things that you need to know about, need to be able to reference, but can’t afford to buy all the ones you need access to, luckily they are made available through a number of public library’s and can be viewed for free. however you normally can not download them to make them easier to view without an active internet connection…


  1. Go to 1
  2. Click on “Go to British Standards Online”
  3. Search for the standard you want, and click on ‘quick view’
    1. I went with “BS 8888 – Technical Product Documentation and Specification” (url is as my example.
    2. Right click on the small gap above the grey bar in the browser window and view source, find the line that looks like:
      PDFFile: "/PDFViewer/GetViewerDocument?pid=000000000030334593",
    3. replace the last part of the URL in your browser, so that




  4. Save the file with the extension ”.pdf”
  5. Enjoy

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  1. This link is now dead; It looks like Manchester Library has lost its access… However Glasgow library still have access from the link on the right hand side navigation box: