20 amazing home libraries for the modern book worm

We may have Kindle and other electronic reading devices, but for many the concept of a real book, with its paper pages can’t be beaten. Today homes of any style or size can have a library, something that was always reserved for the wealthy in the past, to showcase book collections, making them an integral part of home décor.

There’s some amazing home libraries to be inspired by, and if you don’t have sufficient available space, or a large enough collection of books to warrant a library you can always display books in ingenious ways. Use National Librarian Day, 15th April, to ditch your electronic device, and put your books to good use in your home décor, you should make time to sit and read one too!

3D wall mounted bookshelves that spell out the word Read


1. It may be blatantly obvious what this book shelving is saying, but you have to admit it’s pretty cool too.

Clothes rail with metal baskets hanging, which contain books

Home Tone

2. No space for an entire library? No worries these funky book holders are so ingenious and won’t take up too much space.

Beautiful round reading room with curved wooden bookshelves


3. Step back in time with this gorgeous circular home library; it oozes chic styling that will compliment many types of large homes.

A high ceiling living space with floor to ceiling bookshelves on two walls and a spiral staircase and balcony for reaching high up books

Book Loving

4. Karl Lagerfeld’s home library is amazing. So many books stacked horizontally rather the more traditional vertical; but that’s Lagerfeld’s trademark – stepping away from the norm.

A grey and white reading room with bookselves and a sloping glass window, with decking outside that wraps around a tree

Banff Kiosk

5. This contemporary home library has plenty of natural light to sit and read in a relaxing atmosphere. The wonky shelves add to its contemporary style beautifully.

Booksehlves that you can climb up, situated in the centre of a wide meandering staircase

Cypriot Blogs

6. This amazing home library was created by designer Sallie Trout. It comes complete with a suspended remote-controlled Bosun’s chair. The home-owners use this to get to all the books and can sit and read while suspended. It’s a fabulous way to get kids interested in books.

Floor to ceiling bookshelves, with a man in the room sitting in a bathtub reading

Home Designing

7. Like relaxing in the bath with a good book? Who says a home library has to be given its own dedicated room when it can share with a bathroom.

Floor to ceiling bookshelves that wrap around a fireplace

Rated People

8. Make a real focal point for you books by displaying them in a stunning bookcase-fire surround. Just make sure that it’s constructed and fitted by experts or you could end-up with a real fire hazard or worse.

White modular bookshelves in a white reading room, with funky chaise lounges for reading on


9. Bright and white, this contemporary library looks so relaxing and calming.

Bright living space with dining table and sitting area, looking out onto wooden decking and garden furniture, with a mezzanine containing bookshelves

Adorable Home

10. The Scandinavians have designed this wonderful home library using space in the balcony/corridor on the first floor. The open-plan design is a recognisable hallmark of Scandinavian home designs.

Black and yellow living room with black modular bookshelves that diagonally cross a wall, creating diamond shapes for storing books

Driven By Decor

11. If you love bold colour combinations you’ll adore this yellow and black home library. It make be just a little too jarring on the eyes for some people, but if you love yellow it’s perfect.

Very wide wooden staircase and sitting area, with a slide down the middle and book storage under each step

This is Colossal

12. This is the front view of an amazing home library in Korea. Built into and under the stairs it’s a fantastic space saver. Loving the slide that gives you a quick way to get from the first floor!

Curved home office with round compartment room in the ceiling with bookshelves curving around the room

Design Swan

13. They say if you run out of space to move up rather than out; this stunning home library proves the point very stylishly.

A wooden round 8 foot tall bookshelf that can roll on the floor to access different books, with a man standing inside it like a hamster on a hamster wheel

Local Traders

14. Don’t fancy a static library or bookshelf? This walking bookshelf will be the answer to your dreams.

Reclaimed bricks that have been painted to look like books


15. Want the look of books in your home but prefer to stick with your electronic device for reading? No problems – just used reclaimed bricks and paint them to resemble book spines – very intuitive.

White triangular bookshelves that slope up the side of a white staircase

Design Your Way

16. The void space under the stairs is a great place to use as a mini-library or to display books.

Funky Gothic bookshelves with curving tops that look like grass reed blowing in the wind

Fine Furniture Maker

17. If you love bespoke furniture you’ll adore this stunning bookcase. It’s practical, as well as beautiful.

Black metal pipes meandering in the corner of a room, creating space for book storage

Atlanta Reader

18. This unusual book case is perfect for industrial decorating motifs – old piping against a brick wall creates this amazing book shelf.

A large pile of books curving upwards, with a central support beam to ensure they don't fall over

Home Chunk

19. There’s no hard and fast rule that says books have to be displayed against a wall. This DNA inspired design is free-standing and can be placed anywhere you won’t stand a chance of kicking it over!

Book holders suspended from the ceiling that go inside books and allow them to dangle mid-air


Inspired by a weaving loom, this is an ingenious way to store and display books. It’s the perfect addition to any size of home and a great way for stopping a plain wall from looking bland.

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