The Library 100

The top 100 novels of all time found in libraries around the world

What makes a novel “great”? At OCLC, we believe literary greatness can be measured by how many libraries have a copy on their shelves.

Yes, libraries offer access to trendy and popular books. But, they don’t keep them on the shelf if they’re not repeatedly requested by their communities over the years. We’ve identified 100 timeless, top novels—those found in thousands of libraries around the world—using WorldCat, the world’s largest database of library materials.

So, check out The Library 100, head to your nearest library, and enjoy the read!

The Library 100

Want to dig deeper? Explore a list of the top 500 novels held in WorldCat libraries to find more of your favorite genres and authors.


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Our thanks to the thousands of librarians who have added information to WorldCat over the decades. Your dedication to literacy, education, and research inspires us every day!