Catalog Your Books, Movies, and Music Online For Free With LibraryThing



LibraryThing is now a free service – no membership fees, ads, or book limits. It’s an online library-quality catalog for your books (and music and movies) that you own, have read, or want to read.

LibraryThing now has free accounts to catalog and store your media online. LibraryThing was created as a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers, there are now over 2,509,1809 members and 144,276,569 books are cataloged.

You can write about yourself and your library, or you can keep your information completely private. You can list your favorite authors, bookstores and libraries, leave comments for other members, and see who shares the most books with you.

The main purpose of LibraryThing is the cataloging of books, movies, music and other media. It catalogs books using Amazon, the Library of Congress and 4,941 other libraries, including the British Library, Canadian National Catalogue, Library of Congress, National Library of Australia, and Yale University. Items can be added manually as well. If you share your books and media there’s a track and lend feature.
If you have a significant number of books or books with high value then keeping an online record of what you own can be useful if you need to replace something or submit a claim to an insurance company.

LibraryThing also has TinyCat, an online public access catalog (OPAC) designed for the cataloging and circulation of libraries of up to 20,000 items. It’s ideal for small libraries like classrooms, community centers, and churches. It turns your LibraryThing account into a simple, professional online catalog, ideal for patron browsing and circulation. For big libraries, they offer LibraryThing for Libraries OPAC (online public access catalog) enhancements that make catalogs more engaging and informative.

Creating an account is easy, fill in a user name and password or sign up with Facebook or Twitter. Select your account type, either personal or organizational. That’s it. Including an email address is optional, but a good idea if you forget your account credentials.
After signing up for a free account members can enter the ISBN numbers, author names or titles from their books. The LibraryThing search engine returns likely matches. A click adds each book to a personal virtual library, along with the title's complete card-catalog information and a thumbnail of the cover art, when available. Personal catalogs can be sorted by author or title or viewed graphically as a colorful collection of book covers.

LibraryThing is readily available on any device with an Internet or data connection right from your web browser. There are mobile apps for iOS and Android devices and you can scan barcodes from your phone to add to your library.

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You are so cool, Rhiannon. You're so diplomatic, and courteous in your responses to people. You would think that people would be grateful to you, and others for all the work you do. I know I am. It never ceases to amaze me what unkind, ungrateful jerks people can be. They seem to read the articles here, and then just complain, because they like hearing the sound of their own typing. Personally, I found Goodreads very overwhelming, and intrusive. If I remember right, it was also hard to extricate myself from even just the free account. Some people like it, I found it dull. I still read a lot, just not books. I'm sure that my "distaste" for reading has something to do with a mom who read constantly, and an older sister who can't get her nose out of a book, to save her life. Not even when driving. She has one open on the bottom of the steering wheel, and reads while moving. Not just at lights. She only occasionally looks up to check the traffic. Reading is definitely a good thing. Reading like THAT is an addiction, and causes a lot more harm (to her, and probably eventually to others), than good. She has a Goodreads accounts, btw. If anyone reading this wonders, Yes, I love my sister, and my mother very much. We are just very different. Stay safe, and stay well, everyone. d

Ah you know we are all different and what works for some doesn't work for others and we all like to voice our opinions - it's all good. It's why I do my best to present as many good options as I can find. Thank you for your very kind words. I don't care for Goodreads but that's me. Obviously it's quite popular with many but other options are good to have, all have their pluses and minuses.
Hmmm reading while driving doesn't sound much different from texting while driving.
I love to read, anything from cereal boxes to quantum mechanics which I'm still trying to wrap my head around and may never succeed but I'll keep at it.

You stay well too. :)

LibraryThing is hard to use, slow and very, very old-fashioned. It doesn't hold a candle to Goodreads which is also free and really easy to use (has more features too). I have accounts on both sites, LibraryThing first, but don't use it much anymore.

Goodreads is definitely a good service, and there are those who prefer not to use it as it's owned by amazon.

Another great Find-and-Share, @Rhiannon. I sincerely hope that you and yours remain healthy and safe as you scour all these Internets, looking for tasty treats to tell us about.

eFondly yours,


You're welcome, and thank you for your kind thoughts. We're safe and well, living in the middle of nowhere has it's advantages at times. :)