Weekly Planner: Catalog Your Library

Juliana's cat, Pearl JamTired of searching for that book you need? Kick off your spring cleaning with an overhaul of those overflowing bookshelves. While you’re at it, why not catalog them? Create your own spreadsheet or try one of the new software programs that will do most of the work for you. Check out the selection at Tucows.com by searching for “personal library catalog.” If you’ve tried any of these products, please share your experience in the comments section of this post!

4 thoughts on “Weekly Planner: Catalog Your Library

  1. Why download another piece of software? Try LibraryThing.com. I’ve been using it for months now. I love it!

  2. There is a wonderful program called Readerware available from readerware.com. You can get it for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Palm OS devices. You can scan in a list of ISBN numbers with a handheld scanner you can get from them at an incredibly low price and then specify which bookstores/Library of Congress you wish to use to search for prices, descriptions, dates, format, etc., which it will download for you, all of which you can edit of course, or you can do it a book at a time. You can search on any field for any word, or all of them at once. It’s terrific. I have catalogued our 2,653 book library and can find any of them in a heartbeat.

  3. Like Kurt Harper posted on 12 March 2007, I have been using ReaderWare (by ReaderWare.com) for a number of years to catalog my genealogy library. It is really simple to use and you can print out a listing of your catalog in many different ways. You can also create custom reports if you so desire. It is a terrific program.

  4. I also would highly recommend LibraryThing.com. You can access it from any computer, download and print your book lists to take wih you to the dealers’ tables at a conference, and easily search both your library and other libraries. There are several very large genealogical collections that I look at to see what neat new titles I might be interested in acquiring. For recent books with ISBN’s inputting is very quick and easy and I haven’t actually found the manual input for older or rare titles that time consuming. I have over 2,000 items in my catalog.

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