The online library catalog for small libraries, powered by LibraryThing
TinyCat is a simple, fast, and clean way to manage your small library.
Manage and share your library on every device and platform, no library app required.
Book recommendations and faceted results not seen in comparable library management systems.
Your catalog can be enhanced with Dewey Decimal Classification® numbers, series, genres, professional and reader reviews, and more.
Circulation, patrons, and accounts. Import and export MARC records.
Since 2005, LibraryThing has been the best home library solution, used by more than three million customers.
Import your existing collection, from MARC or other formats.
Copy catalog from over 4,900 libraries and other sources.
Leverage the power of LibraryThing to add tags, covers, and other metadata.
Make your library catalog shine with full series coverage, awards, published reviews, and over two million reader reviews.
Mobile-ready, right out of the gate.
True faceted searching, like one of those expensive "discovery systems."
Stable URLs and social media buttons allow library staff and users to share the library anywhere on the web.
Simple circulation system designed for small libraries.
Holds, renewals, overdues, reminder emails, circulation exports, and automated reports.
Optional patron accounts, with patron sign-in and borrowing history.
Includes an even simpler circulation system for high-trust environments, like classroom libraries.
Nolan Creek School empowers K-8 students in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
The library of Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Catholic Church in Maine.
Queer Zine Library is a UK based diy mobile library celebrating radical LGBTQIA+ self-publishing. The library collects queer zines and small press publications and provides access to queer communities across the UK.
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Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum is a nonprofit member-supported library and cultural center at the heart of the historic Pike Place Market.
The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas was chartered in 1955 to promote interest and research, and to give instruction in the science of astronomy and related disciplines.
The library of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Victoria, Australia.
The Starfish Foundation works to better the lives both refugees and residents of Lesvos, Greece.
Slighe nan Gàidheal is a non-profit educational society that teaches and promotes the Scottish Gaelic language and culture in the Pacific Northwest.
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"I carefully tested out each comparable system and have easily determined that TinyCat is by FAR the most robust, easy to use, and effective system. Thank you for making it possible for a non-technical librarian to quickly set-up [an ILS]."
– Peter, Tito Peter's Free Library
"I love the colorful and professional look of my TinyCat library, I can easily use the link to share my books and reviews with my fellow book lovers. Thanks!"
– Pourthe, Personal Library
"I love that TinyCat allows my small school library the chance to check out books and keep track of our catalog inventory without busting my equally small budget. Thank you!"
– Rachel, Paoli Jr-Sr High School
"I think we are on the right track. The residents in our Senior Living community love using the TinyCat interface."
– Judie, Heritage Heights Library
"The beautiful interface and nimble searchability is engaging and refreshing for our school community members."
– Shelly, Arbor School Library
"LibraryThing and TinyCat continue to be the most important, BEST library management system and online catalog option we could have chosen! I look forward to continuing the relationship."
– Lucy, Gnomon Library
To qualify as a "volunteer library" the library must have no paid library staff and no regular acquisitions budget exceeding $500.
General institutional staff, such as maintenance, or a rabbi or minister, who do not manage the church's library, are not considered library staff.
Special Cases: Classroom libraries are ALWAYS considered volunteer libraries.
Personal libraries are for personal use, including families. A shared, non-profit library used by others is not considered personal.
Public schools, private schools and homeschool libraries are able to update class lists easily through TinyCat’s complete patron import-export loop.
Teachers love TinyCat’s easy-to-use interface, including a simple self-checkout system, for their students.
Volunteer-run organizations keep their library management costs low through TinyCat's affordable subscriptions, starting from just $3/month.
TinyCat helps hospitals and other health industry libraries maintain specific privacy standards for their patrons.
Churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship make up one of the largest types of libraries using TinyCat. Every member of the community can access the library from home.
Libraries can catalog non-book materials like historical artifacts through LibraryThing's media support and custom imports.
If you have a collection of anything under 20,000 items, there's a good chance you can use TinyCat to share and keep track of everything online, including circulation and patron data.
Law libraries, training libraries for staff, and reference libraries for customers all currently use the TinyCat system.
Since 2005, LibraryThing has been the leader in home cataloging, but it’s too big, open, and social for small library patrons.
Started in 2016, TinyCat transforms your collection in LibraryThing into a simple and attractive small library catalog. With over 4,900 sources for cataloging information, LibraryThing is a wealth of data for and about your library. TinyCat allows you to share that data with your patrons.