8 home library apps to keep your book collection organized


The great thing about books? You can never have enough. But if you find that your book collection is getting unmanageable, there are plenty of home library apps to help you get on top of it. Take inventory of the tomes on your increasingly cluttered shelves with these eight top rated cataloging home library apps for iPhone and Android. Then you can carry your personal library right in your pocket for easy reference.

Like many avid readers, I use Goodreads to track my TBR and read negative book reviews that I like to get angry for the sake of it. But there’s a lesser-known barcode scanner feature that lets you add books directly to lists without having to search for them. It’s a great way to keep tabs on what you’ve already read versus what you hope to read in the future. And, it’s free!

Available for iOS and Android.

Finally, an application for amateur librarians (we are there, I promise). Libib offers paid and non-paid plans. The free option lets you scan and organize up to 5,000 books, as well as movies, video games, and albums, while the pro plan can accommodate up to 100,000. Both versions of the app give users access to tons of additional features.

Available for iOS or Android.

Statistics nerds will fall for the graphics feature of this app. It breaks down everything from the retail value of your book collection to the number of pages currently on your shelves. Delicious Library also makes recommendations based on how you rate the books you’ve read, so you always have inspiration for your TBR.

Available for iOS and Android.

While not a cataloging app in the traditional sense, Reco allows you to follow your friends’ recommendations and distribute them as well. Think of it as your cheat sheet when you can’t remember which books you wanted to read while browsing Barnes and Noble.

Available for iOS.

Library Thing is similar to Goodreads, but with a stronger emphasis on the cataloging aspect. Part social media platform, part library-style catalog, the app provides information on books from over 4,967 libraries around the world (plus Amazon). There’s even a feature that keeps track of titles you’ve loaned out to friends. If you’re generous enough to keep one of your books out of sight, sure.

Available for iOS and Android.

This app takes a simpler approach. It allows users to enter titles manually or search by IBSN or barcode and sort using a variety of measures, including author’s name. It’s free and has a rating of 4.4 on the Google Play Store.

Available for Android.

Gerty is for readers who really miss taking literature classes in college. Although it is primarily an e-reader, it allows you to organize both physical books and e-books on shelves. Note-taking and journaling features allow you to annotate your reading experience in multiple fun and interactive ways.

Available for iOS.

This is another stellar cataloging app that helps you compile an easily searchable list of books you own. .

Available for iOS.

What are your favorite home library apps?


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