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How to Build a Library in Your Home

Updated on November 28, 2012
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.


Have you considered building a library in your home? I'm not talking about the kind of library that takes up floors. I'm not talking about the library where you loan out books though you can do that if you like.

I'm talking about a library in your home where you can display your books and enjoy them over and over. You can have a beautiful library in your own home.

Why Do You Want a Library in Your Home?

Do you want a library to get rid of all the boxes of books in the garage, attic, and basement? Are you want wanting better access? Do you want to display your beautiful books? There are many reasons to want a library. For me it is all of these above and a place to escape so I can read in heavenly silence.

You need to know why in order to know how to go about it.


Location, Location, Location

The location of your library is important. You can have it in your living room, dining room, in the hallway, along the stairs, or in a special room. You can combine your library and your office. Some people combine their bathroom with their library as they read in their the most. It all depends on you and the space you have available to you.

For me, I have to have my library in my bedroom. I have set up the bookshelves where I can get to my books easily. My mother-in-law's library is in her dining room on nice bookshelves. I've seen some people use their stairwell. You can be so creative in creating a library in your home.

Sources of Books

If you want to create your own library, you need books. Most bookaholics already have tons of books. But some of us want a special kind of library. Maybe you want a library for your children or one just for you. If you have a young child but not a lot of books perfect for that age, you might want to build a library for him. There are many sources for books.

1. Gifts - For birthdays and holidays, let your family and friends know that your child would love books. You can even create wish lists on Amazon and other similar sites that will help people know what kind of books your child or yourself want. Remember that this is not just for kids. Do this for you, too.

2. Secondhand Stores - I love to go to thrift stores and look over the books. You can find so many and each time you go there is something different. They have books for all ages.

3. Bookstores - This is an obvious location. Check out your local bookstores and those online.

4. - This is a great site where you can post books you are looking for and if anyone has them, they send them to you for free. They just pay the shipping. You can do the same with your books.

5. Friends - Check with friends. They might have books they don't want anymore.

6. Library Sales - Libraries regularly have sales of books. You can find so much. You get the books. They get funds to run the library. It's a win/win situation.

Organizing Your Books

When you decide where you will put your library and you have books, you might want to organize them. There are so many ways, and it all depends on you.

  • By Size - You can sort your books with the big ones together and the small ones together so it seems smooth and not jagged on the shelves.
  • Author - You can sort by the last name of each author. That can be really helpful if you love to read certain authors over and over again.
  • Title - As you do with authors, you can sort by title. This just makes a particular book easier to find.
  • Genre - This is a great way to organize your books when you are in school or have more than one person who uses your library. For me, I could have a section just for history books to use in my classes. Then I could have a fiction section subsorted by all the different fiction genres.
  • Who Cares - Then there is the organization of books that I am more partial to. I just put them on the shelves as I get them. There is no rhyme or reason. Periodically, I try to make sense of my library, but in the end I give up.

Keeping Track of Your Books

Are you one to loan out your books? You might want to keep track of them. I know some people who have notebooks they keep in their library and note who gets what book and when. You can also use bookplates to personalize your books.

I have used a spreadsheet to keep up. There are so many ways to keep up with your books. Play around until you find one that fits your style better.


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      BK Walker 5 years ago

      I would love a library in my home. It's a dream and I will have it one day :).

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      LupitaRonquillo 5 years ago

      Lovely hub on building a home library. I happen to be doing that myself and collecting books that interest me from all genre's. The video you added was interesting...although some of them were a bit avante-garde for my style :) My favorite was the one where the window and writing desk were right in the middle.