Public Libraries

BDS enables library services to streamline the delivery and maintenance of the library catalogue thus achieving significant efficiencies and economies for the public sector.

Ease of Delivery

Delivery of BDS metadata to public library systems has been streamlined over years of experience working with libraries, LMS systems suppliers and library suppliers. Extended content loads seamlessly into your library management system via BDSLink, ftp, Z39.50 and XML API delivery options. (See Products and Delivery.)

Unrivalled Service

BDS metadata adheres to all current library standards (see Standards).

BDS supplies metadata on all forthcoming UK publications up to 16 weeks ahead of release.

BDS offers a Retrospective Conversion of your existing catalogue to bring it up to date (see Catalogue Enhancement).

BDS can undertake training for library staff in working with the latest cataloguing standards (see Training).


BDS metadata covers all the mainstream published output of the UK and Ireland, across physical and digital formats, thus cataloguing most of a public library’s holdings.

Community language material is also covered as BDS works with the major suppliers of foreign language material (see Community Languages).
BDS metadata covers music, film and games releases from all the main studios.

Contact BDS now to discuss BDS metadata and your public library.