Despite the invasion of electronic books, good old paper still makes many bookworms happy. If you love a good page-turner, a home library might be the perfect space for you.
Most any room can house a library. Libraries can be as small as a corner bookcase or as grand as a palatial hall. Often, book lovers will combine their library with an office space – giving the room double duty. Attics and basements aren’t great locations for libraries, though. The lighting and extreme moisture conditions can damage books. Other underused spaces can be perfect for book storage – under the stairs, in a family room nook or in a space just for reading.
Your home library may or may not be as large as your local public library, but a good organization system will still help you find the book you want quickly. Most people sort books by subject. Separating into big categories like history, technology or fiction might make books easy to find. Alphabetizing by author works well for fiction but not necessarily for nonfiction books of various subjects.
Recessed, or built-in, bookshelves can provide floor-to-ceiling storage and space savings. They can be tucked under staircases or other out-of-the-way spaces. Adding doors to a portion of the library’s cabinetry will provide space for games, electronics, throw blankets or other library goodies. Desks can be free-standing showpieces or built-in cubbies to minimize their impact on the room.
Books have three big enemies: Bugs, light and water. Insects love books, but not for a good story. Silverfish, cockroaches, book lice, termites and yes, bookworms are all big fans of glue and paper. Mice and rats also love to eat books. Keeping books dusted and moisture free will help keep bugs at bay. Too much moisture in the air will also promote the growth of fungus and mold and lead to loose bindings, stains, mold and mildew. A dehumidifier can help. But too little humidity can dry out books, so use a humidifier in the drier winter months. Harsh lighting can cause bleaching, fading and eventual deterioration. Natural lighting is the most dangerous. If your library will have lots of windows, blinds or curtains can help limit exposure.
We’ve crafted beautiful libraries for many of our clients. We’re particularly proud of this one. If you’re a bookworm, contact our design team today to learn how we can give your treasured tomes a fitting home.