At the forefront of metadata

BDS offers the best information-rich metadata for books and home entertainment releases for the library catalogue. It combines this with state-of-the-art web services and award-winning design services across digital and physical media.

Supplier to the British Library for the Catalogue in Publication Programme since 1995, BDS is the cornerstone of the British National Bibliography and therefore offers unrivalled, comprehensive and fully library-compatible catalogue records for UK publications across diverse media. BDS complements this with enhanced, enriched information such as book jacket images, TOCs, summaries, music artist biographies and audio-visual clips to engage users with the library catalogue.

BDS has devised a portfolio of products to access BDS metadata. From the multimedia, web-based catalogue, BDSLive, to its innovative suite of tools that comprises BDSLink, there is a way for every library service to enjoy the benefits of BDS. Through continuous research and innovation, including its leading role in the introduction of the new RDA standard, allied to an insistence on quality, BDS keeps your library at the forefront of metadata use and management.

Work with BDS and discover what BDS can do for you in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, engagement and savings.

Products and services

  • BDSLive & BDSLite – a catalogue in your web-browser
  • BDZ – metadata delivered by Z39.50
  • Direct Data Feed - metadata direct to your LMS
  • BDS EDI – streamlined access for non-Z39.50 systems
  • Autoreponse – metadata by return
  • BDSLink – embedded enriched information direct from our servers
  • BDSALL – a service designed for academic libraries
  • BDSlife magazine – for the latest news relating to BDS and libraries


Bibliographic Data Services Ltd 
Annandale House 
The Crichton 
Bankend Road 
DG1 4TA 

Tel: 01387 702 251 
Fax: 01387 702 259 
Email: info@bdslive.com