Friday, March 6, 2015

Feature Friday: My Dream Personal Library Wish List

One October a few years ago I traveled to Ithaca, New York to visit a friend.  While there, we toured Cornell University, which is not only gorgeous, but is particularly spectacular in October.  The leaves were changing, the bells were ringing... the air had just a hint of crisp to it, suggesting that winter was coming, but not enough to merit anything more than a jacket.  It was a lovely visit.  


It was on that trip that I discovered the collection of over 30,000 volumes belonging to one of Cornell's late presidents, a "little" personal library that he donated to Cornell upon his retirement.  I was so awestruck at this room full of books, and could hardly believe that it had all belonged to one person.  It was so expansive!  So organized!  I have never seen a room full of that many books, that wasn't a library.  


I immediately decided that I needed my own library one day.  

While I am happily on my way to acquiring the number of books that would necessitate its own house to store them all, I do not (yet) have the organizational materials to actually create a home library.  But never fear, it's on my bucket list.

If I were to have my own personal library, however, I would want it to look something like this:

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Wooden, old, and topped with busts of dead authors. (photo via)

amazing library
Extremely large, and surrounded by windows and ivy.  With a reading couch, of course.  (photo via)

books. books. books.
And with easy access to the books on the top shelf.  (photo via)

Do you dream of owning your own personal library one day?  What does it look like?

17 comments:

  1. Love that library! I have always dreamed of owning a library just like the one in Beauty and the Beast. Love it.

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    1. Me too! Alas, my current library consists of a few Walmart bookshelves with books double and triple stacked on each shelf. Not the ideal. YET. :)

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  2. Lots of natural light, and two separate reading couches, so that I can hang out with my favorite people and read at the same time. (extrovert library, I guess).

    How do/would you organize your books?? Are you going by type? Alphabetical by author? Dewey Decimal System? Color? I think you need a post about this.

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    1. Oooh, yes on the natural light. I like the idea of extrovert libraries, it makes me think how they differ from introvert libraries. I'd never explicitly considered that my ideal library would be specifically for me, and no one else would be allowed to enter when I was inside reading. :)

      Good question on the organizing! I'd have to go with organizing by genre, and then alphabetically by author's last name within that genre. (But color coded libraries sure are pretty.)

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  3. I am always and forever looking at library ideas on Pinterest. Honestly I can't decide what I want my own library to look like yet but I definitely want one.

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    1. There are so many lovely libraries out there. So long as there are books, I'm sure it will be beautiful no matter what. :)

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  4. Oh my god, that looks amazing. I would love a personal library! I also always drool over beautiful library pics, because all the books and just.. wow. I'm going to need tons of shelf space and it has to look beautiful and elegant. Other than that? Not sure.

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    1. I know, other than the books, everything else is extra. But I still like the idea of a cozy reading couch. :)

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  5. That is so amazing!!! I would love to have a library like that. And with the number books being gathered up in my room, I think I'll need one pretty soon. XD

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    1. Happy to hear it! It always makes me happy to think of people owning enough books to fill a library. :)

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  6. I actually just wrote a blog post about this too! It's scheduled for later this month. Short version: Big, expansive library with built-in shelves along all or most of the walls. In one corner there's a doorway to a smaller, roundish/octagonal room with lots of windows (this room might be two stories) and super comfy window seats all the way around and lots of cushions, maybe on the floor too, so you can read in any position you want with comfy surfaces everywhere. Lots of sunlight/natural light. Ahhh...libraries.

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    1. I love how much thought you've put into this! Your dream library sounds AMAZING, and I formally request a visit once it becomes a reality. Sounds like all you need is a contractor. :)

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  7. Big window with window seat. Big comfy couch or chairs. Fireplace! I also want one of those ladders that slide around. My dream library looks like the one from Beauty and the Beast. I'll never get one that big, but one can dream.

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    1. Oh that Beauty and the Beast library is the stuff dreams are made of. Love the idea of a sliding ladder.

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  8. Do I dream of... Of course I do! Probably ever since I first watched 'Beauty and a Beast' as a kid xD
    Mine is quite similar to yours, it seems, but it does have a nice courtyard in the middle - like, it's built around this courtyard, and you can sit outside and read when the whether is nice.
    Yeah, I really need to get super rich very soon xD

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    1. I love how influential Beauty and the Beast was to us bookworms. :)

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