BDS aggregates, curates and delivers metadata relating to print and e-books, audiobooks, film, music and video games.

BDS also specialises in the design, build, hosting and maintenance of websites for the book trade and home entertainment industry.


Founded in 1995 by Lesley Whyte and Eric Green, Bibliographic Data Services quickly established itself as the foremost supplier of quality metadata to libraries. The company has held the British Library Catalogue in Publication (CIP) Programme contract since 1995, providing core services to the British Library, and supplies all UK public libraries, many academic libraries and libraries around the world.

BDS grew its business into the complementary sectors of home entertainment information, web building hosting and maintenance, and design services to offer the complete content, platform and design service.

Annandale House, BDS HQ in Dumfries
BDS at the London Book Fair 2019

Today, ongoing research, innovation and participation in industry bodies around developing metadata standards and the latest web technologies, allied to an insistence on quality, means that BDS holds a place at the forefront of metadata curation, presentation and use.


BDS strives to deliver unparalleled metadata, secure web services and cutting-edge design that works for large and small organisations alike. Our strength is in our integrated approach. We encourage excellence in everything we do; we work with honesty and integrity; we maintain friendly relations and listen to our customers; we invest in the development of our employees and support our industry. We believe we can make a difference to your organisation and our industry at large.

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