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Best Classroom Library Apps

The great thing about books? You can never get enough of them. But if you find your book collection becoming unmanageable, there are plenty of classroom library apps to help you get it under control. Take stock of the book on your increasingly crowded shelves with these top-rated classroom library apps for iOS and Android. Then you can carry your personal library right in your pocket for easy reference. We have researched a few of the top tools (both free and paid) for aiding teachers as they level their classroom libraries. You can make an informed decision about what will work best for you as you level your own classroom library. You can level your classroom library or find books at just the right level for students with these apps.

Here, let us have a look at the best classroom library apps that allows educators to inventory and maintain their classroom library books.

BookBuddy: Library Manager

( iPhone, iPad )

BookBuddy is a powerful book management app that gives you access to your entire book catalog, anywhere. Using BookBuddy is fun and easy, allowing you to quickly find any book in your library, share your favorite books, and keep track of borrowed and lent books. Customization features of the app include being able to use tags for books, manage them in a series, sort them by specific fields, name your own categories for organizational purposes, mark books as favorites, create a Wish List, and add notes to books. All of your information is backed-up to the cloud or Dropbox so you know it's safe and secure. 


Libib

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Libib is a free classroom library app that you can use to scan and catalog your books. With pro version, you’ll be able to register up to 5,000 items within up to 100 different libraries, or groupings of stuff. Once you have your book collection scanned—or at least a few—you can easily view your collection on Libib’s website or app. It is a great app for amateur librarians.


Goodreads

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

GoodReads is less about checking out books and more about sharing recommendations and lists from your classroom library. Make sure that your student can use GoodReads according to website usage guidelines in your district since it is web-based and has a social media component. Upload your inventory, review books, and share them with students, parents, and colleagues!


Booksource

( iPhone, iPad )

Booksource’s classroom organizer is the favorite amongst teachers at all levels. Classroom Booksource is extremely beneficial in helping you to organize your classroom library. Books can be organized by reading level and easily scanned to inventory.  Classroom Booksource provides reports that allow you to see things such as the book distribution by reading level or the percentage of nonfiction versus fiction books in your library. 


This is another stellar cataloguing app that helps you compile an easily searchable list of books you own. If you're searching for a particular book, no problem because you can use the search tool to search by publisher, author, or title.


Book Leveling Apps

Whether you need to level your classroom library, or just a few books at home, these apps will help to level books and can definitely save you some time, and your sanity.

Book Leveler for Teachers

Book Leveler for Teachers

( iPhone, iPad )

Book Leveler is an app that scan your library book by book to create a convenient list of all your classroom books and their reading levels. You can add notes to individual books to keep track of how you used them in class (for a particular lesson, in a particular year) or to record which students you shared them with. Book Leveler is a search tool for finding leveled books for K-8 students. Teachers can use the device’s camera to scan books’ barcodes or type to search for books by title or ISBN. Each book features a cover image, title, and three indicators of the book’s reading level: Lexile, DRA, and GRL. With a few more features, this could be a stellar app for managing, sorting, and using a classroom library. Teachers can sort the library by Title, Author, Lexile, DRA, or GRL. 


Scholastic Book Wizard

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Book Wizard makes it easy to create and customize book lists based on reading levels and other themes. The app allows you to manually search (by typing the name of a tittle, author, or keyword). Scholastic Book Wizards allows you to level your Classroom Library or find just the right book at just the right level for individual students. Librarians can share your book lists on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, email, or print to send home. The Scholastic Book Wizard app also allows users to create an inventory of all titles in  classroom library. You can also designate how many copies of the book you own and additional notes (such as where the book is filed in your library).


Literacy Leveler

( iPhone, iPad )

Literacy Leveler is a tool for finding grade level equivalent and their guided reading levels. It allows users to manually search by title, author or ISBN; as well as scan each book’s bar code. Although the format of the app is simplistic compared to Level It (the other leading paid app for iPhone users) and did not include a book synopsis, I did appreciate the fact that book level information was boldly formatted and easy for users to see. The Literacy Level app allows teachers to create an inventory of all titles included in their classroom library. It does indicate how many copies of a title a teacher possesses; nor does it allow teachers to make notes about each book.