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Legacy Libraries

Legacy Libraries are the libraries of historical people (as well as a few institutions), entered into LibraryThing by dedicated members working from a variety of sources, including published bibliographies, auction catalogs, library holdings, manuscript lists, wills and probate inventories, and personal inspection of extant copies.

Legacy Libraries offer unique insights into booklovers of the past and their times. Once in, LibraryThing makes it easy to compare your library to theirs.

Over 150 have been completed with another 50 in progress, and include historical figures (Thomas Jefferson, Marie Antoinette), authors (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Astrid Lindgren), and modern celebrities (Jackie Gleason, Tupac Shakur). There are even a few institutions (The White House Library), and even ships (The H.M.S. Beagle). Members work on libraries by themselves or in groups.

» The Legacy Libraries homepage


Also known as ReadaThings, LibraryThing members from across the world read in a staggered schedule as to have continuous reading for a period of time (often a full week!). The schedule is organized by members committing to reading for a set amount of time (anywhere from a few minutes to hours and hours) at a set time on the day of the event. We've built in a redundancy, in case someone is trapped in their car in a snowstorm or held hostage ... without a book.

The event only requires you to have a book, and to schedule yourself a little free time for reading. Some of the readathons are themed, like "children's lit" or "read in public".

If you're interested, join the group. We also announce upcoming readathons on the LibraryThing blog.

» The ReadaThing group
» Previous Readathon events

Flash mob cataloging

Groups of LibraryThing members sometimes get together to catalog a collection in a day. Previous examples include churches, an art museum, and a folktale collection.

The Legacy Library group also sometimes has online flash-mob events.

» Wiki page on flash-mob events

LibraryThing Culture

The Main WikiThing page is a trove of useful, fun and weird things, like LibraryThing Haikus and Abbreviations Found on LibraryThing.

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