Monday, October 4, 2010

Floor to Ceiling Library Love

Although we can't all have bookshelves like these, built-in bookshelves are actually something you can make if you are are a do-it-yourselfer... or have a dad like mine :) He's helping us build some floor to ceiling bookcases for one room. They are twelve feet high and twenty feet wide, which is quite large, so when I went to the local home center to get wood and told them it was for a bookcase they thought I was mistaken when I said I needed 374 feet. They thought I meant 374 inches. I realize I'm a girl, but I think I do know a foot from an inch! Anyway, I love these images of these floor to ceiling bookcases. Some are modern and funky, some are more traditional. I love them all. Its a bibliophile's dream...

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them
–Arnold Lobel

angular bookcases.jpg

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
- Henry David Thoreau

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
Henry Ward Beecher

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
- Norman Cousins

“The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not
content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied
passion till he grasps the essential nature of things.”


 "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books."
 --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I don't know if these are bookcases or if it is a closet, but its so funky.

custom built in shelves 3.

 "Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book."
--Frank Dempster Sherman

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
–Frederick Douglass

This wall is both beautiful and practical!

bookcase art design

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

These funky bookcases are crazy. It's like Alice through the looking glass.

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul. – Cicero


The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.
–Dr. Seuss

As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
Arthur Schopenhauer

These bookshelves are a piece of art in and of themselves.
bookshelves as art

So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What 'style' bookcase are you? What's your favorite?


Katie Bright said...

love these...all of them! I've always wanted a floor to ceiling bookshelf wall JUST so i can have a rolling library ladder. good luck with yours! :)

Vic said...

i love bookshelves.....they are magnificent!(:

Krystal said... is totally my dream to have a room like this!

Lady Grey said...

Holy moly,you found so many incredible photos of home libraries!... I love this look in a home. It's so cultured & classic!

a whole lotta love said...

thanks! we're hopefully putting in a rolling ladder too! i always think of 'my fair lady' when i think of these beautiful old libraries with the ladder or balcony.

Laura Trevey said...

Wow! I am inspired now ~~

xoxo Laura

Margaret said...

WOW that second shot!
one day I'll have a library like that :)
great blog!
loving the posts
stop by some time xx
take a peek at my giveaway while you're at it!

Hilary said...

So many gorgeous libraries! I plan to have one in my first home. My boyfriend and I decided to collaborate, have library and an ipad on the table too!

Tracey said...

I love it when bookcases are organised by colour but not sure how this work for me when they were all mixed up in the wrong genres!

Laura said...

OMG these are beautiful. I'm currently looking for a bookshelf but not sure if it will be as good as any of these haha :)

Laura xx

Stacey said...

Love these and i'm stopping by from Krystal's Village blog. I had to come over here when i saw that the post was about books. I'm obsessed and i so adore all these spaces!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

love love LOVE! The first is my favrote, but you included so many lovely ones!!

When we finally buy own own house, I plan to have ceiling-high bookshelves in at least one room. And knowing how many books we have, we'll definitely be able to use the shelf space :-)

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

favorite. I mean "favorite" :-)


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