Your Home Library, Your Personal Haven

Admin on 18 May 2022

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If you love books, chances are you've got a growing collection. But if you don't have a designated space for all those books, you might find paperbacks popping up between your couch cushions and classic editions collecting dust under your bed.

And while that kind of chaos isn't uncommon for avid readers or writers, it's not the most convenient system when you need to hunt down a particular book. Home libraries can be a dynamic expression of the owner's personality. Creating a home library is a fun way to display your interests while establishing a special space for reading.

While there's no right or wrong way to design a library, the questions can be daunting, especially to someone with hundreds or thousands of books. How do I organize it? How do I get everything to fit? We'll discuss how to build a home library that works for you. We'll look at ideas for organizing a collection that includes everything from French philosophers to fictional boy wizards.

What room should I use for my home library?
Most any room will do with a few exceptions. While reading in a room with big windows and lots of light is refreshing, storing books in natural light is harmful to them. Attics and basements heavy with humidity will cause mold and attract insects. In addition, basements are prone to flooding.
Find a Dedicated Space

While of course, we'd all love to have a Gatsby-sized personal library in our homes, sometimes dedicating an entire room to your books isn't an option.

If you are lucky enough to have a spare room in your home—whether it's empty, or currently serving as an office, studio, gym, or storage space—you may want to consider setting up your library there.

But if space is limited (or, if you simply prefer a different corner in your home), don't feel like you need an entire designated room to enjoy a personal library. For example, you can easily create an elegant and cozy reading nook in the corner of your living room by setting up a sturdy bookshelf or two and adding throwing down some comfy reading pillows.

If you intend on actually reading in the same area as your library, there are some factors you may want to consider when choosing the best spot:

Lighting is an important consideration for your library, whether you want to do your reading there or just want to create a certain ambiance. Do you want a space flooded by natural light? In that case, you should opt for a room with large windows that gets lots of sun. Would you prefer a moody lair lit by candlelight? Then you can choose a darker room and decorate it with deep hues and warm lamps or candles.

Even if your space is limited, you'll still want to opt for an area that's comfortable enough to spend some time in. Choose a spot in your home that allows you space to sit comfortably if you want to read there, or at least take and replace books without knocking things over.

The primary function of any library is to serve as a storage place for your beloved books. So of course you'll want to find them a suitable home that allows you quick and easy access whenever you get the urge to read. The most traditional way to store books is in a bookshelf or bookcase.

Alternatively, you can also store your books without a bookcase, using bookends, baskets, or windowsills to house your books. Have fun and be creative in finding what works best for you and the space available. Floor-to-ceiling shelves stuffed with books are delightful things for most of us. The truth is that nearly any wall that could benefit from a large piece of art or a focal point will benefit from wall-covering built-in bookshelves. This is good news for the modern home library: it doesn't have to be its room, but can be equally at home as a wall in the living room or even dining room.

This is your library, so make it a space that feels like home to you. Whether that means bringing in a comfy reading chair, adding a scented candle, or hanging one of your favorite paintings above your bookcase, find ways to personalize this area and make it inviting. Even if you plan on using the space for storage and not reading, you can still take steps to make this corner aesthetically pleasing—your books deserve a nice home, after all!

Create a System

Consider an effective organization system essential. You could even arrange your books by the color of their covers, or in a hierarchy of your favorites to least favorites. It's really up to you—the important thing is that you know where your books are and don't lose track of what you've got.

There are also personal library tracking apps that can help you see exactly which books you have in your library, down to the edition. Granted, this option makes most sense if you've got an extensive home library, or if you frequently lend books to friends. For a more low-tech option, you can create your catalog, using either a spreadsheet or a regular notebook, to track your inventory.

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