The online catalog for tiny libraries
TinyCat is simple, fast, and clean.
Faceted searching adds power.
Looks and works great on every device and platform.
Circulation, patrons, and accounts. Import and export MARC records.
Enhanced with optional professional and user reviews, recommendations, and more.
Import your existing collection, from MARC or other formats.
Copy catalog from over 2,200 libraries and other sources.
Leverage the power of LibraryThing to add tags, covers, and other metadata.
Enhance your data with LibraryThing's series, awards, published reviews, and over two million user reviews.
Mobile-ready, right out of the gate.
True faceted searching, like one of those expensive "discovery systems."
Stable URLs and social media buttons mean users can share what’s in your library anywhere on the web.
Simple circulation system designed for small libraries.
Holds, renewals, overdues.
Optional patron accounts, with patron sign-in and borrowing history.
Includes an even simpler circulation system for high-trust environments, like classroom libraries.
Folio is a member-supported library and cultural center in the heart of Seattle.
Check out your existing LibraryThing collection on TinyCat.
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The library of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Victoria, Australia.
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To qualify as a "volunteer library" the library must have no paid library staff and no regular acquisitions budget exceeding $500.
General staff, such as cleaning staff or a minister who does not oversee a 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.
Personal libraries need to buy LibraryThing memberships to add more than 200 books. Other accounts get a free LibraryThing account.
LibraryThing is great for small libraries, but it’s too big, open, and social for small library patrons.
TinyCat transforms your collection in LibraryThing into a simple and attractive small library catalog. With over 2,200 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.