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Edited: Sep 14, 2015, 5:59pm Top

We finally made it—LT is 10! That's 10 years of cataloging, combining (well, sort of, some of that came a bit later), tagging, and—above all—reading. 99 MILLION books later, here we are today (blog post).

LT staff around the world is celebrating with cake (of the cup variety, for some of us). Join us!

To all of you who've stuck with us, and those who've only just begun to explore the joys of LibraryThing, thank you. You're the best, and we certainly couldn't have done all this without you.

Sep 14, 2015, 5:34pm Top

Congratulations! Thanks for creating this wonderful community for all of us!

Sep 14, 2015, 5:40pm Top

Happy Anniversary!!!! I'm looking forward to enjoying the next 10 years, too!

Sep 14, 2015, 5:41pm Top

Happy Anniversary! And many thanks to all the LT staff who do so much to make this such a terrific site.

Sep 14, 2015, 5:43pm Top

Happy Anniversary!!

Sep 14, 2015, 5:44pm Top

My 10th anniversary on LT was a few days ago! Best lifetime membership ever.

Sep 14, 2015, 5:45pm Top

Happy anniversary. It's a bit late at night in this time zone to be starting on cake, but tomorrow I'll raise a cup cake to the LT staff and community that makes this my no. 1 website.

Sep 14, 2015, 5:54pm Top

Happy anniversary!

Sep 14, 2015, 5:57pm Top

Congratulations to my favorite website!

Sep 14, 2015, 5:58pm Top

Happy anniversary! :)

Sep 14, 2015, 6:03pm Top

Happy anniversary! There really isn't a better book cataloging site. And although it's a little late here for cake, I'm certainly raising a cup of tea.

Edited: Sep 14, 2015, 6:05pm Top

Are the new badges part of the celebration?

I'm just sorry I haven't been around long enough for the X badge yet.

Sep 14, 2015, 6:06pm Top

Ugh. The badges just went out--or many of them--with the wrong image. I'll try to correct it tomorrow, but I'm going to bed--feeling woozy. Too much cake, perhaps.

Sep 14, 2015, 6:10pm Top

Happy Birthday to LibraryThing! Now we are ten!! I want to thank all of the LT team for everything that you do to make this website the best one in the whole world wide web. Well done! Here's to the next ten years.

Paul in Glamorgan, Wales.

Sep 14, 2015, 6:15pm Top

congrats !

Sep 14, 2015, 6:16pm Top

Happy birthday to my favourite place on the Internet. All the best to staff, present and past, and to all the members who share books and more!

Sep 14, 2015, 6:20pm Top

Whee! Happy tenth birthday. :-)

Sep 14, 2015, 6:27pm Top

Happy birthday LT! I've been here since 2008 and can't imagine life without it. Thank you, LT staff, for all your hard work! And a new badge is always awesome.

Now, where's our treasure hunt? ;)

Sep 14, 2015, 6:32pm Top

Happy Anniversary. Someone else said it above, but I'll reiterate it. This is my favorite place on the Intertubes....

Thanks for providing us with the playground.

Sep 14, 2015, 6:52pm Top

Happy anniversary! Thank you, I've been loving this place for over eight years. I've had my money's worth again and again. Have another cup of cake.

Sep 14, 2015, 6:55pm Top


Sep 14, 2015, 6:57pm Top

Thanks again! My new badge even has my initial on it!

(I know, I know, it's a Roman 5)

Sep 14, 2015, 7:14pm Top

Here's to the next 10!

Sep 14, 2015, 7:26pm Top

Happy anniversary! Many, many thanks to all the LT staff that make this such a great site. :)

Edited: Sep 15, 2015, 2:47pm Top

Congratulations! And thank you for the badge :-D

ETA that I got a correct badge. Thank you again, and it's cool too.

Sep 14, 2015, 7:34pm Top

This place keeps getting better and better. Thanks for all your work!

Sep 14, 2015, 7:44pm Top

Happy Anniversary. I visit you every day.

Edited: Sep 14, 2015, 7:55pm Top

Happy Anniversary Librarything and thank you for such a great site and for all the hard work you put into it - and of course thank you for the many happy hours (and years) of ...err... 'Librarythinging'!

Sep 14, 2015, 8:05pm Top

Not just a place on the net, but a place in my reading life. I can honestly say, despite seemingly less and less time available for reading, I'm actually getting more out of my reading time. A perfect mix of quantitative and qualitative experiences!

Sep 14, 2015, 8:10pm Top

Wow! It seems like just yesterday.

Happy anniversary!

Sep 14, 2015, 8:13pm Top

Wow. Hard to believe I've been here since the beginning...

Happy Anniversary, LT!

Sep 14, 2015, 8:36pm Top

Library Thing has been a game changer in my life. It is a place for introvert book lovers to talk. I love expressing my feelings of my reads with others. I have had nothing but good experiences with the staff. Happy Birthday and Thanks!!!

Sep 14, 2015, 8:52pm Top

Happy Tenth! May there be many, many more. And I don't care how late it is - I'm having cake!
Keep it going.

Sep 14, 2015, 9:01pm Top

Happy anniversary to my favorite website ever! And many happy returns!

Sep 14, 2015, 9:13pm Top

Happy Anniversary and congratulations to all. Have to say this is a great place to be.

Sep 14, 2015, 10:42pm Top


Sep 14, 2015, 10:44pm Top

Almost 10 years and getting close to 10,000 books in my catalog. Thanks for making it easy, fun and addictive :-) Happy Anniversary Librarything!

Sep 14, 2015, 11:04pm Top

If I hadn't been so afraid of the interwebs I could have been here 8 months sooner, but as it is I am coming up on my ninth year in October. My favorite site, in fact, if I had to pick only one, this would be it. Thank you SO much!

Sep 14, 2015, 11:07pm Top

Congratulations to Tim & Co. for all the amazing achievements here on LT. Happy Anniversary!

As for me, I shall reword something we have all laughed at recently...

Welcome to LibraryThing! : What a huge elation this awesome website is!!!

Sep 14, 2015, 11:48pm Top

I'm back. Too much sugar. Too much stress.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts. They are needed. I just finished dealing with a massive sock-puppet clump, suspending multiple accounts. It sucked. So I'm going to reward myself with a beer and the latest "Fear the Walking Dead."

Thank you all again!

Sep 15, 2015, 12:26am Top

>41 timspalding:

I just finished dealing with a massive sock-puppet clump, suspending multiple accounts. It sucked.
Awww... that doesn't seem a fair way to have to celebrate your tenth!
But it is appreciated - as always!

Congratulations for ten fabulous years! I could not be without this site...

Edited: Sep 15, 2015, 12:52am Top

Thank you for the work you all do. I have enjoyed my time here and appreciate each and every one of you.

Sep 15, 2015, 12:52am Top

>13 timspalding: I think it may have been too much footwear fashion focus. Just sayin'. ;)

8 years ago, when a friend said, "Hey, you should check out this site, you can catalog your books!" I couldn't believe that I lived just a town away from LT HQ when it was founded, before I moved to San Francisco. I cursed the fact that I was on the other coast when positions opened up for local employees. But man, when my time came, in the form of a reply to a resume I'd emailed four years prior... I hit the jackpot. I love this company, as both a member and an employee, and I can't wait to see 15 and 20 and more years. Cheers.

Edited: Sep 15, 2015, 1:02am Top

For someone who doesn't do social media, LT has become part of my life. Thank you, Tim et al. for all you do, particularly your responsiveness to members, and Happy Birthday!

Sep 15, 2015, 1:09am Top

Happy Anniversary, and in the true sense of the phrase, many happy returns! This is my favorite place on the internet, too :)

Sep 15, 2015, 1:40am Top

Happy tenth anniversary LibraryThing! I've loved the last (almost) 8 years of getting to know you!

Sep 15, 2015, 2:01am Top

Happy Anniversary! I've loved LT since I first became aware of it, and it just keeps getting better.

Sep 15, 2015, 2:24am Top

Happy anniversary! I've been here 6 years and LT has become one of those "how on earth did I manage before I had this" things in my life.

Sep 15, 2015, 2:46am Top

Happy Thingaversary zum Ding an sich!

Sep 15, 2015, 3:26am Top

Oops, a day late, but still: Happy 10th Anniversary, LTers! :) It's been awesome. I truly love this site and look forward to many more years of LT going and going and going.... :)

Sep 15, 2015, 3:28am Top

Many happy returns! and very many thanks

Sep 15, 2015, 4:09am Top

Happy birthday to my favourite place on the internet! Thank you for all your hard work in making this such a wonderful place to be.

Sep 15, 2015, 4:10am Top

Happy Anniversary! I've been here for 5+ years and loving it!

Sep 15, 2015, 4:14am Top

Happy Thingaversary LT! Hope you celebrated in the correct manner.

Sep 15, 2015, 4:17am Top

Happy anniversary to all of us. And a big Thanks to TIM for founding it!

Sep 15, 2015, 4:17am Top

Happy Anniversary! I love seeing my books here and being able to celebrate my love for books!

Sep 15, 2015, 4:38am Top

Happy Birthday and many many happy returns.
I spend far too much time on here but it reassures me I'm not the only reader in the world.
Please stay as non commercial as possible.

Recording Music \ films - there go my weekends. Hope the Apple app means Android not far behind.

Sep 15, 2015, 4:42am Top

Happy anniversary! It's nearly my 10th Thingaversary too, so I'm happy to have been here from nearly the beginning.

Sep 15, 2015, 5:03am Top

Happy birthday! You are doing a great job. Go on for the next ten or twenty...

Sep 15, 2015, 5:12am Top

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to my favorite website!!!
Thank you for all the great work!

Sep 15, 2015, 5:25am Top

Happy Anniversary! I've been here 8 years and 1 week.

Sep 15, 2015, 5:28am Top

>45 abbottthomas: For someone who doesn't do social media, LT has become part of my life

I think I can say something similar. I don't do any other social media (unless you count a couple of railway-related bulletin boards).

>44 kgriffith: a friend said, "Hey, you should check out this site, you can catalog your books!"

Likewise I initially came to it purely to catalogue my books, rather useful when they're split between two continents, but I find LT to be quite a remarkable site and I soon got drawn in to it.

Looking at my profile page I see I still have three and a half months to go before aspiring to the coveted ten year badge!

Thanks, Tim and everybody, staff and members, and keep it up.

Sep 15, 2015, 5:39am Top

Yay! Happy birthday to us all! :-)

Sep 15, 2015, 6:05am Top

"My apologies if you received this message twice. Ten years and we STILL have bugs!"

Actually I got that one twice, and a shorter version once as well. I think the bugs are reproducing. Ah, well, if you get rid of all pests, you usually manage to kill off helpful entities as well.

Sep 15, 2015, 6:42am Top

Congratulations - I'm glad I found out about LT only a week after it started, as it has made such a difference to my reading and book collecting life ever since.

Sep 15, 2015, 6:56am Top

Congratulations! I love your site. I'm just me, with a love of books, and I'm still only half way through cataloging what I've got (and I'm still buying!), LibraryThing just enhances my enjoyment of the written words and - also - of book covers, an art unto themselves. Looking forward to cataloging some of my music, too. I've enjoyed my first five years with you all immensely x

Sep 15, 2015, 7:00am Top

Happy Thingaversary to you. I've been here 7.5 years and only wish I'd found it sooner.

Sep 15, 2015, 7:00am Top

10 years of booknerdism & memories!! Yo-ho! *raises the rum cup*

Sep 15, 2015, 7:00am Top

Late to the party, but I echo what everyone has said. I love it here! Thanks!

Sep 15, 2015, 7:09am Top

Happy anniversary. Thanks for creating one of my favourite sites.

Sep 15, 2015, 7:44am Top

Happy Anniversary, my 10th Anniversary on the site is next monday, I can't believe that the time has flown so fast

Sep 15, 2015, 7:48am Top

>41 timspalding:. Sock-puppets suck. Tim rules! Hooray for Captain Spalding! And the next 10 years.

Sep 15, 2015, 8:16am Top

Happy Anniversary! This probably sounds terribly over the top, but I think this is by a long way the best site on the web. It's the one I always want to check first every day, even if necessity or duty takes me elsewhere. Many, many thanks for it.

Sep 15, 2015, 8:47am Top

Grateful Congratulations to the LT team. Well done!

Sep 15, 2015, 9:06am Top

Happy anniversary to my favorite place on the Internet -- may there be many, many more!

Sep 15, 2015, 9:12am Top

Like many, I came to LT for the cataloging. It was and is a life saver for me -- a proper catalog helps me get so much more out of my personal library than I ever thought possible.

But the social side has been cool too. Thanks for being the only place on the Internet where I can talk about religion and politics with complete strangers and enjoy it.

Sep 15, 2015, 9:39am Top

Happy belated tenth to LT, and happy tenth Thingaversary to me!

Sep 15, 2015, 9:40am Top

^^ What southernbooklady said. :)

Thank you, and wishing you (and us) many more happily book-obsessed years.

Sep 15, 2015, 10:04am Top

Happy tenth anniversary! So many fun hours spent here and so many great features added in those ten years.

And today I'm celebrating my own tenth Thingaversary with a new book AND a new badge!

Sep 15, 2015, 10:06am Top

Question about the fiver badge: is it for any accounts that were created more than five years ago, or only for people who actually signed in five years after creating their account?

Sep 15, 2015, 10:07am Top

Happy Happy to all of you with the Box L in front of your name.

>63 johnthefireman: You couldn't have said it better! I have a ways to go. I'll be 3 years on LT next month.

To you all keep up the great work!

Sep 15, 2015, 10:09am Top


It's not too much to say that LT has changed my life. (For the better, of course.)

And next week is my #7 Thingamaversary.

Thanka for everything... and more!

Sep 15, 2015, 10:12am Top

Happy anniversary! Thanks to the whole staff for creating such a wonderful, book-y sandbox for us to play in.

Sep 15, 2015, 10:14am Top

Cheers to Tim and his fabulous crew
Here’s a big thanks for all that you do
No matter the problem
You’re so quick to solve ’em
Happy 10th Anniversary to you!

Sep 15, 2015, 10:14am Top

>81 _Zoe_: I checked out a profile created in 2005, with just one book catalogued, and it had no 5 or 10 years badge so apparently activity is required as well.

Edited: Sep 15, 2015, 10:29am Top

>86 anglemark:

Yeah. See the Wiki ( http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Badges ). It's a 25-book minimum. I didn't want to have a metric like "Been on the site X days out year in consecutive year…" etc. So, yeah, people go it who haven't used the site in a while.

Sep 15, 2015, 10:39am Top

Thanks for the badges!

Sep 15, 2015, 10:55am Top

We got them because we're constantly badgering him.

Sep 15, 2015, 10:58am Top

Big, BIG congratulations to you all, and thank you for everything you do.

Sep 15, 2015, 11:02am Top


I have really appreciated LibraryThing more recently (although a "Fiver" now!!) and I am looking forward to the new features and enhancements yet to come.

As others have stated similarly, "Thank you for creating such a great tool for the community of booklovers!!"

Sep 15, 2015, 11:11am Top

Congratulations! My very top website. Enjoyable and useful.

¡Enhorabuena! Lo mejor de Internet. Un placer y además útil

May it continue for many more decades!

¡Por muchos años!

Sep 15, 2015, 11:38am Top

Thanks for all the happy thoughts, everyone. I'm still very new, in LT years (just had my 2nd Thingaversary in July). My only regret is that I didn't see the light sooner!*

It's an honor to work for and in a community like this one.

Leftover cake for breakfast!

*I actually did sign up for an account back in 2008, but got pulled away by my friends demanding that I use GR instead. Blech.

Sep 15, 2015, 11:46am Top

How did I miss the beginning of this party? Hi guys! So glad to know y'all. This is the ONLY web place to be, IMHO.

Congrats LibraryThing. Long may you be.

Sep 15, 2015, 11:51am Top

Happy birthday, LT team! And thank you so much for creating, maintaining and continually improving one of my favourite things on the intarwebs.

When I signed up, almost nine years ago, I did not have a credit card. What finally pushed me to get one (apart from the lure of online books) was wanting to sign up for a lifetime membership here, and that was indeed the very first payment I used the card for.

Sep 15, 2015, 11:58am Top

Thanks for everything.

Sep 15, 2015, 12:03pm Top

>95 Petroglyph:

That is a cool story.

Sep 15, 2015, 12:34pm Top

Only 10 years? I would have guessed it had been around longer (I've been here for 7.5!)

>93 lorannen:: "Leftover cake for breakfast!"

Vat ees thees "leftover cake"? :D

Sep 15, 2015, 12:42pm Top

>97 elenchus:
a nerdy story, you mean :)

Sep 15, 2015, 1:18pm Top

There's a difference?

Sep 15, 2015, 1:19pm Top

>98 saltmanz: German chocolate! I had a glass of milk with it, too. That makes it good for me, right?

Sep 15, 2015, 1:24pm Top

Congratulations on a decade! Rare for any business with a ".com" in their name. Glad to see the site continue to grow, add new features, and help readers find new books!

Sep 15, 2015, 1:50pm Top

>87 timspalding: Ah, thanks for clarifying. I would have preferred a basic requirement like "actually came to the site once five years after signing up", but oh well.

Sep 15, 2015, 2:01pm Top

Congratulations and thank you, LT! :-) Looking forward to another 10 years.

Sep 15, 2015, 2:03pm Top

Sep 15, 2015, 2:41pm Top

Congratulations, and thank you to everyone at LT for all that you do!

Sep 15, 2015, 2:42pm Top

>101 lorannen: Sure, why not? :)

(I looove german chocolate cake.)

Sep 15, 2015, 3:25pm Top

Joyeux Anniversaire mes amis. :)

Sep 15, 2015, 3:35pm Top

Alls Gueti zem Jubiläum!! Schön, dass es eu git!!

I am pleased about LT. Thanks for creating it and congratulations for keeping it going.

Sep 15, 2015, 3:53pm Top

Happy anniversary! Congrats to Tim and Abby and everyone at LibraryThing. And thanks for everything you do!

Sep 15, 2015, 3:56pm Top

Happy Tenth anniversary LT, I am so glad I came across this site and joined and as it happens I am wearing my LibraryThing sweatshirt today.

Sep 15, 2015, 4:25pm Top

>87 timspalding: timspalding: Ah, thanks for clarifying. I would have preferred a basic requirement like "actually came to the site once five years after signing up", but oh well.

Right. Or added a book. But there'd be have and have-not battles. And, well, I wanted to use the awarding of the badges as a re-recruitment event too :)

Sep 15, 2015, 4:32pm Top

>112 timspalding: I don't really think there would be a battle with people who aren't using the site ;). But I can understand the re-recruitment point.

Sep 15, 2015, 4:42pm Top

>113 _Zoe_:

My ten-year badge isn't devalued by knowing that some people who haven't logged in for nine years might have one too; if you feel yours will be, I'm sorry. I'd actually love to know how many of us creaky oldsters are still around. (I'm glad to see you are, actually; I hadn't been seeing you around much lately!)

Sep 15, 2015, 4:52pm Top

How do you get a badge, I am only coming up to my fourth Thingaversary in December but am on here everyday for at least a couple of hours.

Sep 15, 2015, 4:59pm Top

>115 johnsimpson:

There are lots of ways to get badges! The "old-timer" badges for five- and ten-year members are brand new with LT's tenth anniversary, but helper badges have been around for years.

The wiki is here, but you get them for things like combining or separating authors and works, uploading cover photos, adding bookstores or libraries to LibraryThing Local, and so forth; basically anything that benefits the site as a whole.

Sep 15, 2015, 5:02pm Top

Happy 10th anniversary! Thank you for the best site on the web, a great book cataloging experience, the opportunity to learn how to use and play on a wiki and, most of all, some fabulous real life LT friends! Here's to another ten years (and more) of LT fun!!

Sep 15, 2015, 5:03pm Top

>116 lorax:, Thanks Lorax, don't think I have done anything that benefits the site apart from being a life member. Lt has changed my life and made me many new friends, keep up the good work to all staff at LT.

Sep 15, 2015, 5:18pm Top

I think my favorite badge to get was the treasure box from last year's TLAP day :) I think Lorannen said she's got somethin' a-brewin' for this year...

Sep 15, 2015, 5:34pm Top

Thank you for my "fiver" badge, but I feel as though I should be giving Tim & Co. an award instead, for everything that LibraryThing has meant to me over the past 10 years.

Since I first found LT in December 2005 it has provided hours of enjoyment in cataloguing my books (still nowhere near finished because I keep reading them instread of cataloguing them), let me scratch any number of weird OCD ticks with cataloguing, tags and collections, and expanded my reading scope greatly thanks to the recommendations/book bullets I receive on a daily basis from some absolutely lovely fellow book-lovers, including some who have gone on to be offline friends.

My reading life would be far narrower and poorer without LibraryThing.

Here's to the next 10 years — and beyond!

Sep 15, 2015, 5:39pm Top

Yay LT! I haven't been around for the past year, but I couldn't imagine life without this place, I'll be finding my way back soon! :))

Sep 15, 2015, 7:18pm Top

>114 lorax: I'd actually love to know how many of us creaky oldsters are still around.

Me too :). (Of course, this is partially why I'd like it if the badge only went to people who were still around—and if it were possible to click on a badge to see a list of everyone who had that badge.)

It's been a pretty crazy year, but I'm still around sometimes. Maybe I'll even update my challenge threads one day :)

Sep 15, 2015, 7:58pm Top

It would be fun to know how many of the people who joined in 2005 are still around at least semi-regularly. I know I'm not going anywhere!

Sep 15, 2015, 8:47pm Top

Happy anniversary!

I missed joining in 2005 by six hours, haileb - I gave LT to myself as a new year's present. Three months until my X badge....

Sep 15, 2015, 8:50pm Top

Congratulations! I look forward to the next ten and the ten after that! Cheers!

Sep 15, 2015, 8:59pm Top

> 101

German chocolate! I had a glass of milk with it, too. That makes it good for me, right?


When I was a kid, Dressel's made a chocolate cake layered with "whipped cream" and I would always have the leftovers for breakfast.

Sep 15, 2015, 9:06pm Top

Happy anniversary! I'm so glad that LibraryThing is a thing!

Sep 15, 2015, 9:38pm Top

Congratulations and thanks to Tim and all LT staff.

Sep 15, 2015, 10:09pm Top

Happy happy birthday to my favorite virtual home.

Y'know what would be fun? An update on all the crew that helped us all over the years. Abby comes to mind, and Graybeard. (Do I have his moniker right? He was Down-Under somewhere, and really kind and helpful) Where are they? Are they still members? Are they still on staff?

Edited: Sep 16, 2015, 12:17am Top

A little late but still...congratulations! And many thanks to Tim Spalding and all the staff over the years. You've got a great thing going here.

Sep 16, 2015, 12:28am Top

Belated congrats from me too. Been here for nearing seven years now, and expect I'll still be here for the twentieth anniversary.

Sep 16, 2015, 3:42am Top

Happy Anniversary! Special thanks and congrats to Tim and company for all your hard work over the years to make this site the success that it is today!

Sep 16, 2015, 4:15am Top

Well what can I say? I think I have posted a message per day on average. After about 8 or so years, that might mean I do LOVE LT & TIM

I suspect I might have tried to join LT quite a while before I did. http://www.librarything.com/profile/guido

Thus I might have been a VERY early settler.

Guido :-)

Sep 16, 2015, 9:04am Top

Congrats! A little late! Love this site and so glad I found it just over 7 years ago.

Sep 16, 2015, 10:55am Top

Happy 10th, Library Thing! Blessings to Tim Spalding and his cohorts.

Sep 16, 2015, 2:54pm Top

You have rocked the decade. Love the new things you've got cooking with the app & ability to now add media to libraries (yes!)! Thx for the cool badge, too. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY LT!

Sep 16, 2015, 3:27pm Top

Happy 10th to the best site on the web! Thanks for making this wonderful place.

Sep 16, 2015, 3:40pm Top

>129 MerryMary: I'm not sure about GrayBeard, but since ablachly is my boss, I can assure you that she is still around :-D Abby was Tim's first employee, and is the Head Librarian and runs LibraryThing for Libraries. This is who we are, though many of us (especially the kiddos) look a little different from when these pics were initially added :)

Sep 16, 2015, 3:48pm Top

>138 kgriffith:

I think MerryMary may be thinking of GreyHead; I don't think he was ever an LT employee but used to be very active and helpful on Talk.

Sep 16, 2015, 4:00pm Top

>138 kgriffith:
That who we are page is very interesting. What fascinating and varied talents you people have.

Edited: Sep 16, 2015, 5:08pm Top

Happy Tenth, dear LT! You have no idea what a difference you've made in my life. I live in a literary desert, but here I have friends who READ - the same weird mix that I do.
Wishing you and us another happy 10 or 20 or 30 or more!

Sep 16, 2015, 5:57pm Top

Aw, a 10th birthday!! Very special indeed. I love the place, the cataloging and super people, just wish I had more time to spend here.

Congrats on a job well done - keep up the good work! On your special day, I wish you many happy returns!

Sep 16, 2015, 7:04pm Top

Happy Anniversary everyone!!! I have been here for 5 years and still love it. If I had known about LT when it started I would have been here 10 years. GREAT job Tim and all ! Keep up the good work because you are appreciated.

Sep 16, 2015, 8:57pm Top

Happy anniversary, and congrats for making one of the best web sites around! I was shocked when I received my "Fiver" badge, couldn't believe I had been a member for such a short time, as I feel like LT was part of my life for ever :)

I love you all. And as a librarian with a lot of grumbling against many of the three-lettered systems we use to manage our libraries, I'm especially happy about the direction things are going with LTFL and Tiny Cat. Keep up the good work.

Sep 16, 2015, 10:02pm Top

And the post mentions an iPhone app! Hurrah, hurrah! Was it perhaps 10 years in the making? *grins*

But that said, how fun it was to get my 10 year badge today. Many happy returns!

Sep 16, 2015, 10:25pm Top

GreyHead is indeed the gentleman I was thinking of. And it's good to see Abby again. She's still wearing a lot of hats. Her little guy can't be very little any more.

I wax nostalgic...

Sep 17, 2015, 10:27am Top

I love, love, love this site. Happy belated birthday!! Thank you for my badge, thank you for all the free Early Reviewer books, thank you for giving me a social media site where I can choose to be social or choose to be alone. (I only wish you would have let me make the cake.

Edited: Sep 17, 2015, 10:33am Top

> 146 I am still here, I've never left! Just less visible on the site itself. I run LTFL now. And you're right, none of our kids are so young anymore! Mine just started first grade. (He's in the 10th anniversary photo with me, eating a pink cupcake in the upper right corner.)

Sep 17, 2015, 11:47am Top

Happy Birf Dee! This site has come to mean so much to me over the years- the order is ssoooo awesome, as are the friends I've made here over the years. Thanks for all the hard work, and thanks for creating this space.

Sep 17, 2015, 3:46pm Top

Ad Multos Annos!

Sep 17, 2015, 4:33pm Top

I learned about LT almost 8 years ago in a little online course sponsored by CSLA called Library 2.0. Of all the apps we learned about, this is the only one I still use. If I have a book addiction then I've met the most wonderful enablers on this site!

Sep 17, 2015, 4:41pm Top

Happy Anniversary LT (and all the so helpful and awesome staff, not to mention all my fellow cool peeps on Talk and other places on the site.)

I found this site about 5 1/4th years ago and haven't regretted signing up or going for the lifetime membership for one second.

And this site isn't just useful for me personally, but I use it so often when patrons need to know the order of a series, or the next book in a series too. Useful at work and at home. :)

Sep 17, 2015, 8:26pm Top

This is the first site I log into every day - it's my favorite. Happy Anniversary and thank you for all the great features of this site. It's wonderful to be able to get good recommendations for a good read. I have never been disappointed. I love being able to catalog my "library" - you're the best!

Sep 17, 2015, 8:53pm Top


I'm 2 months away from my 10-year Thingaversary, and you could say the Fiver badge re-recruited me after life got in the way for a long while. So, mission accomplished for at least one old-timer, Tim (and expanded media features didn't hurt either). :)

Sep 17, 2015, 9:05pm Top

>154 caffron:

Great to hear!

Sep 18, 2015, 6:53am Top

Congratulations. This site keeps me connected to my books since retiring from my librarian job. Always loved cataloging in library school. Keep up the good work everyone.

Sep 18, 2015, 9:43am Top

Happy Anniversary! Only 11 months until my 10th Thingaversary. Great to see so many of the old familiar names still around.

Sep 18, 2015, 11:07pm Top

Wow. How did I miss this?? I love you LT! Happy Anniversary. You are my one and only since I don't do Facebook, Twitter or any of these others. I need to get back into writing reviews one of these days. I am here every day though.

My very best wishes to all of you far and wide for making LT so great!


Sep 19, 2015, 1:30am Top

A very late congratulations from NewZealand! I remember stumbling onto this website back in 2006 and being ridiculously excited - and that was before I found the forums and many friends. Thank you Tim for starting something amazing.

Sep 19, 2015, 2:27am Top

Happy 10th Birthday!

Edited: Sep 19, 2015, 7:20am Top


This site is by far the best electronic/internet based bibliography on this planet. I am amazed at its flexibility with features such a use of non-Latin alphabets, destinctions of homonymous authors, and detailed statistics. It is flexible to allow very specific data to be entered, including in my case "Table of Contents", "dates of museum exhibitions", etc. The feature of being able to record contributors, photographers, and editors is especially useful and gives all those "other authors" credit for their work, which libraries usually ignore with "et al"!

I have shown this system to hundreds in the last six years - members of Parliament in Indonesia (and a daughter of President), numerous Directors of Museums, some of which have adopted LibraryThing (e.g. BowersMuseum in Santa Ana, California), and, of course colleagues at the Weltmuseum Wien. The recent further improvements such a Media designation really add to its usefullness. Now one can enter "posters", "zines", "sets of postcards" and magazines with a clear distinction to books.

Looking forward to the next ten years!

Sep 19, 2015, 8:03am Top

Happy Birthday to founder(s), workers and members.
Thank you.
You all have been given me a lot of funny and helpfull and a few of annoying hours spending time on the site.

I am looking forward...

Sep 19, 2015, 10:46am Top

Congratulations! I happily use LT for work and play. Thanks for being such a consistently great place to share. I love you guys! I love your widgets!

Sep 19, 2015, 12:18pm Top

>161 johninvienna:

You deserve to be made an LT Ambassador for your efforts!

Sep 19, 2015, 12:48pm Top

*singing slightly off key* And many mooooooooore .....

Sep 19, 2015, 2:57pm Top

Happy anniversary . Lovely to be part of this community . Best ever . My celebration was to give a talk on LT and how excellent it is at a book faire so you should get a few more Joburg members .

Sep 20, 2015, 7:08am Top

Sep 20, 2015, 12:49pm Top

Happy anniversary!!. I love LT.

Edited: Sep 20, 2015, 3:08pm Top

Congratulations on 10 years of doing what you love and doing it well! I don't get into the Groups and Site Talk as often as I used to, but I still count the LT memberships I've bought over the years to be the best of investments. I have to admit that I shuddered in horror at the new features for adding non-book media, but only because I just reorganized those collections and know how much I have to catalogue. ;)

It's funny... I'm kind of giddy at the prospect of a 10-year badge a month from now! And I loved seeing so many familiar names up above.

Sep 21, 2015, 10:22am Top

What a happy occasion, ten years of LT!

I see many great friends also commenting here, thanks Tim and congratulations to us all!

My own Tenth Thingaversary is next April, so I am psyched for that! I have a question about Group Thingaversaries. I see a number of the established Groups like The Green Dragon, Hogwart's Express, Science Fiction Fans, What Are You Reading Now, Non-Fiction Readers, all have Start Dates between July 26-29, 2006, but I really thought I was active in Groups from Day One.

A limited search hasn't shown any threads started before August, 2006, yet they read like established communities, and curiously without introduction threads.

Was there a reboot or back-up problem at the end of July, 2006 that may have caused this?

Just curious, it doesn't really matter, but it has piqued my interest!

Edited: Sep 21, 2015, 10:52am Top


Was there a reboot or back-up problem at the end of July, 2006 that may have caused this?

No, that's when Groups got started.

Not all groups have or need introduction threads. I personally despise the process for topic-oriented groups; some groups are about chatting about anything and everything with friends, in which case a "Hi, although my username is Fred please call me George, I live in Seattle with two cats and a parakeet" type thread is appropriate, if the group's about (for instance) reading non-fiction books than that sort of thing is irrelevant and an unnecessary hurdle for people who may just want to discuss a book.

Edited to add:

You may remember having participated in the now-defunct Google Group before Groups got started. It was fairly active, and a lot of participants knew each other, which helps to explain why we just jumped into Talk without feeling the need for introductions in Every. Single. Group.

Sep 21, 2015, 10:51am Top

>171 lorax:

Maybe we should start a "Welcome to the Groups" group.

Sep 21, 2015, 10:53am Top

Sep 21, 2015, 11:02am Top

>173 lorax:

No, that one is serious.

Just a place for entering "I'm Fred with two cats and I no longer have a parakeet." And then just link to it as one joins a group.

Sep 21, 2015, 12:22pm Top

Congratulations! Love LibraryThing!

Sep 21, 2015, 1:52pm Top

>174 suitable1: R.I.P. Fred's parakeet

Sep 21, 2015, 1:56pm Top

>170 mrgrooism: Ah! So it's the logical, non-complicated answer!


>172 suitable1: Ah! Sarcasm. I approve, please carry on!

Sep 21, 2015, 2:06pm Top

>174 suitable1: Have the authorities questioned the cats, preferably separately? One might turn into a stool pigeon or rat the other one out.

Edited: Sep 21, 2015, 2:19pm Top

>178 Taphophile13: Hmmm. Cats turning into pigeons and rats. Sounds like incorporating parakeet might be dangerous.

Sep 21, 2015, 2:39pm Top

>179 MarthaJeanne: On second thought, those cats will probably just flip the bird.

Sep 21, 2015, 4:13pm Top

Where would I be without librarything? I mean, seriously?

Sep 21, 2015, 4:35pm Top

In the Netherlands? :p

Sep 21, 2015, 4:52pm Top

>182 anglemark: *snort*

Actually, the one time I was in the Netherlands, I met someone who is on LibraryThing. :-D

Sep 21, 2015, 6:16pm Top

>183 PhaedraB: It wasn't me. :-(

Sep 21, 2015, 7:01pm Top

>184 henkl: Maybe next time :-)

Sep 22, 2015, 1:16am Top

>181 sjjk: Pining for the fjords?

Edited: Sep 22, 2015, 9:59am Top

>183 PhaedraB: A couple of months I saw someone walking down the street wearing a t-shirt with the text andejons on it. I ran up to him and asked about it, and of course it was the LT member with that nick, who lives in a city 300 miles away but was visiting that week.

Sep 22, 2015, 4:30am Top

>187 anglemark: Hah, that's crazy!

Sep 22, 2015, 5:56am Top

We should all have t-shirts with our member names on them!

Sep 22, 2015, 6:35am Top


Sep 22, 2015, 9:36am Top

>189 anglemark: ...and wear them CONSTANTLY, EVERYWHERE we go!

Edited: Sep 22, 2015, 10:09am Top

am I the only one who read MrAndrew's post in this voice?

Sep 22, 2015, 11:02am Top

>192 Bookmarque: NOPE.
But then, I read most of MrAndrew's posts in that voice. ;)

Sep 22, 2015, 11:04am Top

>192 Bookmarque:, >193 kgriffith:

You are all WEIRDOES!

Sep 22, 2015, 11:58am Top

>194 lorax:

Already have the t-shirt!

Sep 22, 2015, 4:51pm Top

Happy Anniversary LT ! wonderful website..

Sep 22, 2015, 5:21pm Top

Happy anniversary, and thank you, LibraryThing staff, for all you do!

Sep 22, 2015, 5:21pm Top

I have two questions: Who owns LibraryThing?
What happened to Pirate Speak this year?

Sep 22, 2015, 5:51pm Top

Congratulations! My favorite memory of LibraryThing has been SantaThing. I love having the chance to gift and be gifted books with a community who I know wants nothing more than for me to be able to sit down with a good book.

Sep 22, 2015, 6:08pm Top

>198 Illiniguy71:

I own a majority. Abebooks and Bowker, LLC own minority stakes.

Our Pirate day was confined to this ( https://www.librarything.com/topic/195939 ). Others have asked me too. I don't think that thread was seen by many. It should have also included a home-page announcement and a blog post.

Sep 22, 2015, 7:05pm Top

>200 timspalding: I Love Abebooks! Makes perfect sense to me (the minority ownership).

Edited: Sep 22, 2015, 11:00pm Top

Congrats and Happy Birthday LibraryThing.

I've been a member since 2006, almost your whole run. As a lifelong Library fan, I'm really glad you're here.

Sep 23, 2015, 12:37am Top

Abebooks is owned by Amazon, isn't it?

Sep 23, 2015, 12:43am Top

>203 jjwilson61: Sadly, you are correct. I don't take back the love, though.

Edited: Sep 23, 2015, 1:52am Top

Amazon keeps buying up (formerly) independant internet book companies. They want a monopoly.

See http://blog.librarything.com/main/2008/08/page/2/

Sep 23, 2015, 5:51am Top

Felicitations! Five years of book happiness for me from you. Thank you :)

Sep 23, 2015, 6:50am Top

Happy Anniversary! I agree with the others that this site has made such a positive contribution!

Sep 23, 2015, 7:46am Top

When I stumbled across LT almost three years ago I joined immediately. Never looked back. It seems the numbers are growing exponentially because I never receive any early reviewer books anymore! The price one pays for success. Love the site and my love grow exponentially as well. Hope For Another 10 Times 10 Years.

Sep 23, 2015, 8:45am Top

Happy Anniversary! I am glad to be a part of the Fiver group and wish I could have been a Tenner!

Sep 23, 2015, 11:35am Top

Whoops, didn't see this til just now. Happy belated birthday!

Sep 23, 2015, 11:58am Top

Happy Anniversary! I love this site, here is to many more.

Sep 23, 2015, 12:47pm Top

Happy 1st Decade! Here's to the next decade! Congratulations. You make reading a joy!

Sep 23, 2015, 2:40pm Top

I'm so happy I've discovered LibraryThing, so here's to another 10 and beyond.

Sep 23, 2015, 3:44pm Top

Nice to see that there's another ten year anniversary. Books and math; life is good.


Sep 23, 2015, 4:37pm Top

LT is my anchor and comfort and great pleasure.
There probably is no other group with such interesting members anywhere.

Sep 23, 2015, 4:56pm Top

Thank you Esta. Your presence here is our anchor.

Sep 23, 2015, 5:18pm Top

I didn't know about this thread, but I do want to say Happy Birthday LibraryThing!

I also want to say, Thank you so much for allowing me to meet some utterly fabulous people here. Friends. Special people. so.. thank you! A lot

Sep 23, 2015, 5:31pm Top

And thank you for keeping me from buying the same book secondhand, like, seven times.

Sep 23, 2015, 7:06pm Top

Happy Anniversary!!! I Love your site and it is so much fun to log my books read and to wait in anticipation if I've won a book to review.
That's what this site makes me feel like... a winner!!!!
I know cheesy message, but its true!

Sep 23, 2015, 7:41pm Top

>218 SomeGuyInVirginia: You are a true collector. Happy Birthday again LT.

Edited: Sep 24, 2015, 3:28am Top

>221 bnielsen: Yes, that's what we need.

LibraryThing : The Book

But I don't think Tim should write it. We need him developing, smashing all the bugs on that plate...

Sep 24, 2015, 4:53am Top

>218 SomeGuyInVirginia: It wasn't The Catcher in the Rye, was it? I smell a Conspiracy.

Sep 24, 2015, 9:05am Top

>222 MarthaJeanne: BIGGER FLY SWATTER.

Sep 24, 2015, 10:13am Top

>222 MarthaJeanne: LibraryThing : The Book
Oh, I can hardly wait to catalog that one.

Sep 24, 2015, 10:35am Top

Just remember, when it comes out I want to be listed as an other author as 'title suggester'.

Sep 24, 2015, 10:42am Top

>222 MarthaJeanne:, >225 Taphophile13:

Oh, we can do better than that!

[No Title] by Various for maximal cataloging and Touchstoning pains.

Sep 24, 2015, 10:50am Top

Happy Birthday! Here's to another 10!

Sep 24, 2015, 5:03pm Top

>220 ulmannc: Thanks for not saying 'hoarder'.

>223 Noisy: Totally holding those 100 copies for friends.

Yes! The LT book! How cool would that be? Very, very cool indeed.

Sep 25, 2015, 2:10pm Top

Happy Birthday....Have enjoyed my 1st year with your site....:)

Sep 25, 2015, 3:28pm Top

Wow, this is a true cause for celebration! I'm rather new to LT and navigating my way around all your services. Thank you for al the work you've done over 10 years.

Sep 26, 2015, 6:12am Top

Happy Birthday! ^___^

Edited: Sep 27, 2015, 12:54am Top

You must realize that shortly after the book comes out it'll be optioned for film. Hmmm. Now who would you cast as Tim?

Sep 27, 2015, 5:40am Top

>233 2wonderY: Daring scientist well versed in ancient languages and strolling along in archaeological digs? Harrison Ford :-)

Sep 27, 2015, 7:58am Top

Happy Birthday Librarything! I am a member for six years now.. it has been great.

Sep 27, 2015, 10:40pm Top

Sep 27, 2015, 10:45pm Top

Happy Birthday Library Thing! What a wonderful website you are!

Thank you to Tim and all the people who make this place real.

Sep 28, 2015, 10:15am Top

>234 bnielsen: Oh, that is perfect!

Sep 28, 2015, 11:59am Top

>234 bnielsen: Not sure if flattering Tim or insulting Mr. Ford. ;)

Sep 28, 2015, 12:25pm Top

>239 lorannen: And who would you like to portray you?

Edited: Sep 28, 2015, 12:47pm Top

>240 Taphophile13: Stanley Tucci. The obvious choice.

ETA: If Mr. Tucci is (understandably) unavailable, Evelyn from The Mummy would also be good.

Sep 28, 2015, 12:46pm Top

Congratulations Tim et. al.!

Sep 28, 2015, 1:51pm Top

Has it been 10 years in your enjoyable company already? :O
Congratulations from Denmark!

Sep 28, 2015, 9:32pm Top

Congrats, and thanks for keeping us updated with the latest bells and whistles. We love you!

Sep 29, 2015, 11:48am Top

Got my 10 year badge! Congratulations to LT and 10 years of cataloging and good conversations.

Edited: Sep 29, 2015, 12:46pm Top

Just missed the 10 year badge, but still feel like an early adopter. Saw Tim Spalding at an ALA conference in Washington DC (I think that's where I was!). Signed up immediately and have been recommending it to people ever since.
Kit Keller

Sep 29, 2015, 1:41pm Top

>246 kitkeller: That's awesome! You'll still get that Tenner badge, by the way, once your 10th Thingaversary rolls around!

Sep 30, 2015, 2:26pm Top

Congrats to LT! I remember finding it almost 8.5 years ago while living in the internet wasteland of East Africa. It was really exciting to me at the time (and I still love it), especially because the most promising book-cataloging software I was able to find required me to learn Ruby on Rails!

Oct 1, 2015, 4:21pm Top

Congratulations from Italy!
I remember, years ago I chose LibraryThing for a funny reason: because I saw ancient books (actually, Italian books!) in your home page. And I understood that LibraryThing could be OK for ancient books as well.
But LT is much more than that.


Oct 2, 2015, 10:53am Top

Thank you so much for a wonderful tool to help me remembering all the books I have read

Oct 2, 2015, 8:05pm Top

Happy Anniversary!!!!

How time flies. Really.

Oct 3, 2015, 10:11am Top

Happy birthday, LibraryThing!! Love you guys!! Thanks for creating this wonderful site!!

Oct 3, 2015, 10:17am Top

Congratulations LibraryThing! I've got a question for you. The Early Review books seem to have a basic bibliographic record, but when I go to add one to my books, they aren't always available. This seems to be most problematic with audio books. Is there something I can do to get the correct bib record? Thanks for all the reading fun!

Oct 3, 2015, 1:05pm Top

And today''s my 10th Thingaversary! Again, many thanks and best wishes to all!

Edited: Oct 4, 2015, 4:13pm Top

222, 225>

A few of us in the Tropic of Ideas group actually self-published a book of reviews from our Librarything accounts. It's called A Fabulous Opera and the proceeds are going to be donated. So, there is sorta a book, at least one inspired by the Librarything experience.

Happy 10th, LT!!

Oct 5, 2015, 9:35pm Top

Happy Tenth!

I still, after nine years, love you dear LT.

Oct 9, 2015, 5:53am Top

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Zehn Jahr alt und immer am laufen.
And now in English: Heartfelt congratulations, ten years old and still running.

Oct 10, 2015, 11:07am Top

Still got a year and a half until I make 10 but this place is home. Makes me wonder what I was doing for that wasted year and a half ;-) Best thing on the Internet, hands down.

Oct 10, 2015, 12:40pm Top


Oct 17, 2015, 1:53pm Top

Great for LT and its 10th year ( I've been around for 5 years ). Still love the site and love the idea of movies & DVD collections. Looking forward to the LT iphone app. Thanks for all your efforts LT staff!

Oct 19, 2015, 8:45pm Top

Oct 22, 2015, 9:40am Top

*looks at his android phone*

I'll wait another "two weeks."


Dec 6, 2015, 11:05am Top

Oh my I thought LT was older then that. I joined in 2008 after a Google search. :) so glad I found this place!

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