card catalog


a file of cards of uniform size arranged in some definite order and listing the items in the collection of a library or group of libraries, each card typically identifying a single item.

Origin of card catalog

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for card catalog

  • All of these card-catalog and other "devices" are a part of a great movement to put efficiency into every human industry.

    The American Country Girl|Martha Foote Crow