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Groups are the core of LibraryThing's Talk system. Members can join groups in order to connect with other readers who share their interests. Any member can create a new group.

Groups Tab

The groups tab is the home of all LibraryThing groups. Here, you can browse groups by specific criteria, search for groups via keywords or tags, or even start your own group.

You can always see more information for individual groups by clicking on the group name and reading their full description on their group page.

Searching for Groups

The search box on the right of the groups tab allows you to search for groups that match your interests. A search here will look for your keywords in the group name, description, and tags. The blue bar on the left that returns with your search results indicates the group's overall activity, so you can see the most active groups at a glance!


Tags can be can be added to a group on the group's homepage. Group tags should be descriptive, as they are used to help members find groups of interest.

On the groups page, clicking on a tag will give you a list of groups labeled with that tag. In general, more active groups will appear earlier in the list. You can also click 'see more tags' to see a much larger browsable list of group tags.

Unlike work tags, group tags are weighted to include a consideration of the group's activity, as well as the number of times a tag has been applied to a group.

Active This Week

A list of the most currently active groups, this section changes regularly! Click 'see more' to see the one hundred most active groups, as well as how many messages they've posted this week.

Standing and Official Groups

These groups are fundamental LibraryThing groups covering a variety of topics, and as such, they are 'watchable' rather than 'joinable'. This simply means that no one must join the group in order to post, and everyone is free to watch these groups.

Most Members

The largest groups on LibraryThing, by member count, are listed here. Click 'see more' to see a list of the two hundred largest groups.

Community Projects

LibraryThing is an active site with lots of ways for members to contribute! The groups listed here are devoted to providing site-wide services, such as creating Legacy Libraries, sorting out combining issues, adding to the Common Knowledge pages, or helping members remember the title to that book they once read. Checking out the community projects groups is a great way to get involved in LibraryThing!

Local Groups

Group owners have the option to choose a location for their groups. This is particularly helpful for groups like 'Pittsburghers' or 'Buffalo Bookers'. Local Groups will show you the groups with locations closest to yours, as set in your LibraryThing Local settings.

Newest Groups

A place to highlight newly created groups.


Talk Forums

Most groups feature a Talk discussion forum where group members can chat, discuss books, and otherwise communicate with each other. Posts made here will show up in your Talk tab, when filtered to 'your groups'.

Adding Tags

Group tags are used to help members find interesting groups, and as such should be descriptive of the group. You can add tags to a group by click 'add tags' in the tags section of individual group homepages.

Searching Group Libraries

Group Zeitgeist

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