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Case Study: The Personal Library (a pictorial)


I am fascinated by personal libraries.  My books are scattered around my house in various bookshelves.  I dream of my own personal library, a room that will house my books and will have wonderful writing desks, comfy sofas, tea trays, wine and sherry on sectionals and bay windows. You know, a room suited to reading and one that I would want to live my whole life in.  Below are  good examples of the personal library.

The writer Alberto Manguel says his “library is not a single beast but a composite of many others, a fantastic animal made up of the several libraries built and then abandoned, over and over again, throughout my life”.  Read more about the library here.

Personal Library in home of Alberto Manguel

The writer Alberto Manguel’s Library
Credit: Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times

This is the personal library of  The Typophile’s President David Rose.  It was featured on robaroundbooks. I love the lighting and the chairs.  It would be wonderful to sit in the sofas and read!

Photo credit: Nick Sherman

Below is the writer Neil Gaiman’s library.  More pictures can be found here.

And this is Karl Lagerfeld’s library.  It’s something ain’t it.  Wonderful. Featured on Jessica Hearts Libraries.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Library

Finally, here is the American Entrepreneur Jay Walker’s library. Quite impressive. Read more here

Jay Walker’s Library
Photo by Andrew Moore

How is your personal library?

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Author: Kinna

I'm a bibliophile who reads and reviews international, contemporary and classic literary fiction. I'm partial to the works of African women writers.

18 thoughts on “Case Study: The Personal Library (a pictorial)

  1. i would love a room to make a library at moment got books in every room like you ,we often said when we move at some point might make a bedroom in to library come study


  2. Can I just say that I am drooling looking at those pictures? Right now I have bookshelves scattered all over the apartment and my father cries when I move because I always ask him for help – and he always does. He does NOT like moving the books. heh. I especially love Karl Lagerfeld’s library, the spiral staircase is so neat. I dream of having a library some day!


  3. Those are gorgeous photos. I dream of one day having a room dedicated just to books- although the setting will have a plainer decor!


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  5. I would love a personal library. And if I picture it in my head, it always has to have certain classical elements you associate with a library? Dark wooden shelves, etc.


  6. David Rose’s library is similar to my dream library. I want bookshelves around the entire room with a nice sitting chair in the middle. I’d also have a nice large desk for my computer. I’d never leave the room. And of course all of my books would be grouped by subject and arranged in alphabetical order by author last name.
    Can you tell I’ve been thinking about this a lot?

    (Found you through the blog hop, great site!)


  7. I just drooled all over my keyboard. Thanks for posting !


  8. How is my personal library? A reasonably organised scatter…with the result being that people who come to our house don’t really realise what a keen reader I am. I did a post a little while ago on a wonderful book called Books do furnish a room … I hope you don’t mind my posting a link to it because your photos here remind me of it …


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  10. I do have a personal library, I turned my junk room into it this summer. However, my house is small, my budget is small, my library is small. Now I’m suffering from library envy. ;)


  11. Whenever i see wonderful pictures of personal libraries, my desire for my own personal library intensifies; hopefully i will create my own….very soon.


    • Me too. I think libraries and reading rooms and spots are very important. Highly desirable in a house. And also with books, one doesn’t have to think so much about decorations :)


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