11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs

Apr 6, 2010 by

If you find a library card catalog for sale, there are a plethora of ways you can repurpose these literary treasures.  I’ve blogged about a DIY card catalog coffee table and my library card catalog turned bookcase previously, and here are 11 more ways to use card catalogs in your home.   Tomorrow I look forward to sharing a new and fresh way I’ve repurposed one of my card catalogs — and I don’t think card catalogs have been used this way just yet!

I first used my library card catalog as a buffet in my dining room, holding my linens and silverware.  Tanna Clark uses hers for a similar purpose, organizing silverware in her kitchen.

This is one of my favorite uses for a library card catalog!  As a kitchen island topped with a butcher block, the small drawers and labels are perfect for holding and organizing your spices, as seen via DIY Ideas .

For holidays, fill your card catalog with flowers and plants, as seen in a wedding via josevillablog.

If you are like me and have a huge collection of vintage scarves, organize them by color or style in your card catalog, as seen via MadeWell.

Small card catalogs are perfect for storing makeup and cosmetics, as seen via lifeandlim.

Cultivate the naturalist within yourself and use your library card catalog to protect your delicate findings, as seen via Each Little World.

I guess I wasn’t the only one who saw the usefulness of the card catalog as a buffet, as seen via design*sponge.

Indeed, the card catalog makes an ever-so-useful organizer, as seen via Small Notebook.

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles sisters support themselves by creating beautiful religious works of art, and they store their sewing and embroidery supplies by color in repurposed library card catalogs, via Hooked on Needles.

Could there be a more intelligent way to indulge in your favorite alcoholic beverages?  As seen via Apartment Therapy.

While this may not find a place in your home, reusing card catalogs as a station for the computer-assisted Dewey Decimal system is both ingenious and hilarious, as seen via Library By Design.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

53 Comments

  1. Such creativity here! I think the scarf drawers and wine storage are my favorites!

  2. I love these!

    Others have realized their stylishness as card catalogs have become quite pricy! But they are so worth it. I love the look of them.

    thanks for sharing this.

  3. jen

    seriously, you’re killing me! where do i find one of these!?

  4. wow! love the idea of using it as a kitchen island!

  5. i like each one better than the next. i had no idea!

  6. Hello Dear Grace ~

    As usual, such creative ideas you inspire us with!

    Ciao bella,
    Suzanne

  7. I don’t have one (would love one though), but it would be great for storing rubber stamps and other art supplies.

  8. What a great way to use these card catalogs. I work in a library and we have converted to computers, but I don’t know what happened to our cabinets…guess I will have to inquire!!
    Smiles and Blessings,
    Nancy C

  9. Judith Siess

    I use mine as a workbench. The drawers are perfect to hold nails, screws, duct tape, etc. For the first time I can find stuff!

  10. INTPLibrarian

    I have a HUGE card catalog in my bedroom at home. It’s taller than I am and longer than my wingspan. It’s not small enough to be used for most of the examples here, but it’s found its purpose — housing my collection of tights. Cataloged according to color, pattern, and texture.

    Plus the rod that can be pulled out of the drawers makes for a perfect place to hang my clothes for the next day. :-)

  11. Kelley

    Found your blog – love it! But was sad to see only partial feeds are available via subscription. Awww…

  12. Leslie

    I “inherited” one of our libraries smaller card catalogs (about 36 drawers) when we stopped using them and I’ve used it for over a decade to store my smaller fabric pieces for quilting. Great for sorting by color and approximate size.

  13. lilylibrarian

    I use my small one for supplies, etc. like the Small Notebook one in the article. I had to steal mine from work (shhhh….don’t tell anyone)

  14. this is beautiful. I had a library themed wedding and we used these for decor.

  15. helen

    wow.

    beautiful and brilliant

  16. replica watches

    replia rolex watches

    replica omega watches

    replica breitling watches

    replica cartier watches

    replica IWC watches

    replica chanel watches

    replica watches

    All the watches here have top quality and the price is very reasonable.

    You will never ever regret to enter and take a look at.

  17. I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record.

  18. It might sound weird but my browser doesn’t seem to be able to display your article rightly… It looks like a whole chunk of if is not correctly displayed and the layout of the page doesn’t appear to be right. Can you confirm that this post has been set up for Opera?

  19. I really like your information. Nice piece of info, looking forward to your feed updates…

  20. Very useful information. Nice piece of info, very useful indeed…

  21. Your blog is quite interesting…

  22. Such creativity here! I think the scarf drawers and wine storage are my favorites!

  23. Just keep your work!Thanks for your nice sharing!

  24. thank you for sharing.

  25. I really like your information. Nice piece of info, looking forward to your feed updates…

  26. he personal privacy of passengers also will be heard voices of doubt

  27. What a great way to use these card catalogs. I work in a library and we have converted to computers, but I don’t know what happened to our cabinets…guess I will have to inquire!!
    Smiles and Blessings,

  28. With the adquisition of Marvel by Disney, I´ve seen the Goofy/Spider Man quite a lot recently, though I did not know who drew it. Nice!

  29. you’re killing me! where do i find one of these!?

  30. Our online shop supply great number of designer bridal wedding gowns as alfred angelo wedding dresses, bonny wedding dresses, forever yours bridal gowns, maggie sottero wedding dresses, mori lee wedding dresses and others. All these designer wedding dresses are with high quality and best service.

  31. Nice work on putting together a very interesting post.

  32. Such creativity here! I think the scarf drawers and wine storage are my favorites!
    good

  33. Such creativity here! I think the scarf drawers and wine storage are my favorites!
    DD

  34. I like it.I´ve seen the Goofy/Spider Man quite a lot recently.

  35. Plus the rod that can be pulled out of the drawers makes for a perfect place to hang my clothes for the next day

  36. Perhaps this is one of the most interesting blogs that I have ever seen. Interesting article, Funny comment. Keep it up!

  37. you have a very successful business.

  38. No Doubt! your blog contain very useful information.

  39. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Now is the 2011,I hope all the things can better and better,and all the things can go very well.

  41. Thanks for sharing your article,it’s very nice,thanks.I hope can read more good articles.

  42. When I originally wrote this article, I was mistaken about the sequence of events.

  43. Thank you very much for contributing a best comment!

  44. I am really interested in what you wrote here. This looks absolutely perfect. All these tinny details are made with lot of background knowledge.

  45. Others have realized their stylishness as card catalogs have become quite pricy! But they are so worth it. I love the look of them. THANK YOU

  46. That is some creative uses for card catalogs! I remember having one growing up and always thought it smelled so funny, it just sat in the basement collecting dust.

  47. I could undoubtedly relate to what they had experienced.that the shoe offers. shortly after attempting them on.

  48. Friends are the ship is sailing, Space, network, Such as bank like harbor. Wash ZhengChen, zhankai smiling faces, Using network, To send wishes. Wake up is laughing, Sleep is sweet, Sweet heart, Happiness forever with. So we must make a lot of friends and friendly to them. I hope you every day and have a happy life. Thank you…..

  49. This was really an interesting subject, I am very lucky to be able to come to your weblog and I will bookmark this web page in order that I could come back another time
    http://www.bestretroairjordans.com

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. hotfile – Dharma Talks MP3 – Intelligently Engineered SD and SDHC Memory Cards By SanDisk | Earn Money - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  2. Latest Credit Card Debt Auctions | Bankruptcy Solution Site - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  3. General Credit & Loan Information : How to Obtain Credit | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  4. Debit Card Offers December 2009 | Hotel Discounts - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  5. A Credit-free Card: What Is A Prepaid Credit Card? | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  6. Pros And Cons Of Using Your Credit Card On The Internet | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  7. 5 Steps To A Cheap Personal Loan | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  8. College Student Credit Cards: Responsibility is Key | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  9. » TWITTER CREATOR REVEALS SQUARE MOBILE-PAY DEVICE - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  10. Planning to Print Photo Id Cards – What are Your Id Software Options | Comprehensive Software listings, Reviews and Articles - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  11. 1964-65 TOPPS TALL BOY #82 TED LINDSAY PSA 8 | Hockey Trading Cards - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  12. Minority Business Loan | gloversedge.com - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH ... [...]
  13. Credit Cards for Students | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  14. Eliminate Debt and Build Wealth | Bankruptcy Solution Site - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  15. Getting Help With Staggering Credit Card Debt | Bankruptcy Solution Site - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  16. How Cash Farmville – Easy approach it! | Facebook Farmville Strategies To Riches & Success - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  17. How Do You Accept Credit Card: Let Me Count The Ways | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  18. Apply card credit online | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  19. Don’t Panic! Now the IMF wants to start “printing money”! - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  20. The Many Faces of Identity Thieves | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  21. My Tips to Credit Card Debt Consolidation | Bankruptcy Solution Site - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  22. Online Application | Atlanta Braves® Extra Bases® Credit Card | Financial Budget Planner Tips - Learn How To Save Money - [...] 11 Uses f&#959r Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  23. Online Application | Los Angeles Dodgers® Extra Bases® Credit Card | Financial Budget Planner Tips - Learn How To Save Money - [...] 11 Uses f&#959r Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  24. What Is A Low APR Credit Card? | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  25. Credit Q&A | eduonlineloan - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  26. Sextants for Sale » Blog Archive » CANADA NEWFAUNDLAND NAUTICAL ANTIQUE NAVY CHART MAP - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH ... [...]
  27. Can I use parts for 2003 model Harley Sportster 1200 on a 2004 Harley Sportster 1200? | Harley Motorcycle Parts - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH} Living in Vintage Poetry [...]
  28. Essential Chopin :The Longtail Music Catalog - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH} Living in Vintage Poetry [...]
  29. Great Fishing Tackle Catalogs of the Golden Age | Fishing Tackle - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH … [...]
  30. Is there a way to search multiple library catalogs online? - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home {pH} Living in Vintage Poetry [...]
  31. Cataloging Outlook with 2020 Vision: NYLINK program, Syracuse, NY | Dancer jobs Blog - [...] 11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs | Poetic Home [...]
  32. The Card Catalog « A Well-Armed Laura Ingalls Wilder - [...] but it’s going to be fantastic! Maybe crafty, sewing things…” and then I found this page about 10 things ...
  33. Links I’ve Liked 6/29-7/2 « A Well-Armed Laura Ingalls Wilder - [...] - 10 uses for repurposed library card catalogs [...]
  34. Repurposed library card catalogues « Sarah Painter - [...] Poetic Home has an article full of ideas (and lovely pictures). [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>