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20+ Library Card Catalogs for Sale

20+ Library Card Catalogs for Sale

Looking to buy a vintage library card catalog? Craigslist, Etsy, eBay and flea markets are all great places to look. For those searching right now, here are over 20 library catalogs currently for sale on Craigslist and Etsy. Happy hunting!

Library card catalogs on Craigslist

72-drawer card catalog in Monkton, Vermont, $100

Several 2 to 6-drawer catalogs in Oak Lawn, Illinois, $110-$225

15-drawer catalog in Livingston, Louisiana, $199

72-drawer in Danville, Indiana: $400

18-drawer catalog in Edwardsburg, Michigan, $425

60-drawer card catalog in West Memphis, Arkansas, $500

30-drawer card catalog in Norwalk, California, $575

Four 15-drawer units in New Mexico – Willing to ship if you pay freight, $580 or best offer.

30-drawer in Terre Haute, Indiana, $750

30-drawer card catalog in Roswell, Georgia, $800

72-drawer card catalog from Yale University in Hamden, New York, $900

Four 15-drawer card catalogs in Tempe, for $2,999

Three 30-drawer catalogs in Eugene, Oregon, $4,500

Library card catalogs on Etsy 

4-drawer (2×2), $269

15-drawer (5×3), $300

12-drawer (3×4), $400

60-drawer (6×10), $785

60-drawer (6×10), $895

36-drawer (3×6), $995

16-drawer (2×8), $995

60-drawer (6×10), $1,995

Brooksvale Artisans is selling several larger catalogs as well if your budget is higher.

Card Catalog in Austin, TX

Card Catalog in Austin, TX

If you’re in the Austin area, Julie is selling a 30-drawer card catalog: 33″ x 38″ and 47″ tall, and two pull out shelves per side. She shares: “It was in use in the UT library for a while, so it has the normal chips, wear and tear that come with age and college students. I also have a few drawers full of the cards that came with it if those are of interest to anyone.” The photos are of a duplicate card catalog she’s currently using. If you’re interested, you can contact Julie through her original Craigslist ad, or if you post that you’re interested, I will email you directly with her email address.

Card Catalog for Sale – Pennsylvania

Card Catalog for Sale – Pennsylvania

Barbara is trying to sell 2 library card catalogs in Western Pennsylvania. One is a 60-drawer and the other is a 30-drawer. These are from a university library and are mid 1950s.  She has all the brass rods that held the cards in place but they aren’t all showing in the photographs as they’re using the card catalogs to store other items.  She says they’re in pretty good shape.  If you’re interested, please contact Barbara directly at
library card catalog for sale
library card catalog for sale

Where to buy a library card catalog

Where to buy a library card catalog

If you’ve been looking to buy a library card catalog, you’re not alone. Card catalogs are all the rage these days, used in shops and homes both for pure decoration and for serious organizing (I’ve seen them hold everything from craft materials to tools to wine bottles). And really, who wouldn’t want a little piece of library?
But where to find them? There’s the rub. I’ve scoured eBay and Craigslist for library catalogs with some luck, but often they’re bought up quickly. One alternative I’ve discovered is avid card catalog collector, Barry Muchnick. Muchnick is a private collector specializing in turn-of-the-century office furniture with lots of tiny drawers. His collection of card catalogs (and other furniture pieces with small drawers) has grown too large to house, so he’s offloading many of them. Almost all his pieces are antique quartersawn golden oak, with one mahogany and a few hard rock maple.
All the pieces pictured below are for sale by Muchnick. You can contact him at if you’re interested if buying any of these card catalogs — mention you saw them at Curled Up With A Book. Also, if you’re looking to buy a card catalog in another style, it’s worth emailing him to see if he has additional stock matching your tastes. Happy hunting!

*UPDATE 1/6/2012: If you have a library card catalog for sale, you can email and I’ll try to post about your items.*

**UPDATE 5/26/2012: I will post updates to my Facebook page when I hear of new card catalogs for sale. Here’s the page:

Library Card Catalogs

Library Card Catalogs

For a little while now I’ve been looking for an old library card catalog.  My quest has largely been disappointing in its results (probably because I don’t want to spend too much on it), but the other day I got a bit of inspiration to keep looking, via this design*sponge spotlight on Matthew Fairbanks. Fairbanks is a Brooklyn-based furniture artist who created this lovely card catalog writing desk.



I went hunting for some other nice card catalog shots and found lots of good ones, rekindling my hope that there’s a card catolog out there for me somewhere…

Good ol’ closeup in this ‘good ol days‘ shot from emdot on flickr:


Very pretty set up on Poetic Home‘s “My Favorite Vintage Things”:


Tasteful (ha ha) use of card catolags on Apartment Therapy:


I love the rich, warm wood of this catalogue from Underpuppy on flickr:


Interesting drawer…“Cataloging the Ladies, Barr Smith Libary, Adelaide” from ms sdb on flickr:


And lastly, a blast from the past — New York Public Library, circa 1923: