Home Libraries that Make a Big Impact

Home libraries are incredibly personal; they hold a collection of our most closely cherished books that resemble great meaning to us. Whether your books showcase history, are therapeutic or fantastically fictional, they deserve an excellent room to be proudly displayed.

Not every library has to feature the traditional mahogany we might expect to see in a traditional study, and homeowners around the nation have taken matters into their own hands by creating unique libraries that make a big impact.

LIBRARY WITH A VIEW

Photo: Ken Hayden

This remodeled home in Carmel Valley of California, designer Sally Sirkin Lewis added French doors and circle shelves to accommodate the windows allowing for stunning views of the lush landscape.

A MODERN DISPLAY OF ANTIQUE BOOKS

Photo: Durston Saylor

This Upper East Side apartment was renovated by architect David Ling to feature a rare-book library that included medical books—some of which dated back to the 15th century. The antique books are lined by modern shelves that uniquely tie the space together.

A MODERN DISPLAY OF ANTIQUE BOOK

Photo: Arthur Matthew Gray

This remodeled library of a Los Angeles home is centered around the incredible 300-year-old sycamore tree that is prominently showcased through the walls of glass. The snug library "started out with a full brick wall facing the tree," explains the owner, "but the brick was replaced by sheets of glass to bridge the room's connection to the outdoors."

A FASHIONABLE STUDY

Photo: Simon Upton

Outfitted with exceptional accessories, this unique library features a pair of Christian Liaigre armchairs, a cocktail table by Yves Klein and a woven Moroccan carpet.

TWO-STORY STUDY

Photo: Douglas Friedman

This study in a stunning New York City townhouse displays owner Andrew Solomon's love for books throughout two floors.

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