60+ Home Library Design Ideas With Stunning Visual Effect

Having a home library seems so classy and distinguished. In fact, that image of a room with antique furniture and lots of books, a desk and sliding doors is not the only type of interior design a home library can have. So try to distance yourself from the cliches and to come up with your own ideas. We thought we could be helpful so we’ve gathered 62 ideas you might like.

A. Have high ceilings? Use a ladder!

01. Traditional home library with dark-stained wooden furniture and ornate details


02. Use the staircase walls as bookcases and you’ll get a unique library design

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03. The symmetry of the layout and design makes this space feel imposing

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04. Your home library can be a simple reading corner with bookshelves that go up to the ceiling


05. Your home library can also be your home office and you can make it look professional

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06. Don’t waste any space and put up bookshelves above the door

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07. You can have an entire wall covered with shelves and books

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08. The ladder is both a practical and fashionable accessory

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09. If you decide to turn the interior staircase wall into a bookcase then you’ll definitely need a ladder

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10. This home library is also a media room and the mood lighting gives it a mysterious feel


11. Combine functions and include a desk in your bookcase wall


12. In a room with high ceilings, the space above the door is perfect for displaying books

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13. A tall bookshelf system can be easily included in an open floor space


14. Turn the window wall into a cozy reading nook with bookshelves on either side

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15. Fixate the ladder to the bookcase wall so you can easily move it around

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The high ceilings give the home library a professional and classical look. They remind us of the public libraries with bookshelves that go up to the ceiling and you would need a ladder to reach them. That’s exactly what you should do. A ladder can look interesting in a home library and it also allows you to use all the space available for storage.

B. Bookshelves Under The Stairs

16. The area underneath the stairs is small but cozy enough to be a reading corner

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17. Cubbies built into the staircase wall can be perfect for storing and displaying books

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18. Turn the window under the staircase into a cozy reading nook with built-in bookshelves

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If you’re lacking the space for a home library then you can improvise. Don’t bother combining functions and including bookcases in your living room’s design when you have a staircase. The space under the stairs or even the staircase walls are perfect for this purpose.

C. Home Office Libraries

19. The antique furniture and the fireplace give this office an old-fashioned look


20. Gray is a beautiful color for a bookcase, allowing the actual books to stand outdoors


21. A home office/library doesn’t necessarily have to be an enclosed room

22. If it spacious enough, a home office can also accommodate a sitting area

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23. Casual in the front and professional in the back with elegant accents in between


24. The wood really makes this home office look imposing and also elegant


25. A traditional home office or library looks similar to a living room


When you think about it, home offices and home libraries have lots of common. So why not combine the two into a single space? You could have a desk, a reading corner, a tall bookcase and plenty of storage space. Turn this room into your sanctuary and work space.

D. Reading Rooms

26. A floor lamp is a must-have in any reading room

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27. Make the space feel comfortable with a sectional sofa and maybe even a nap area

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28. Let your mind run wild as you admire the views and come up with your own scenarios

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29. The attic is a perfect place for a cozy reading room


30. Your home office can also be your reading sanctuary.Love the Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair

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31. Any little free space can be turned into a reading corner


32. Have two armchairs, in case someone wants to join you


33. An ottoman can be a lovely coffee table replacement as well as a comfy footstool

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34. Paint the ceiling to make the room feel even more magical and classy

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35. Organize a separate area in the family room where you can spend some time with your favorite book

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36. Open shelves make a room seem more spacious and they’re also very practical


37. Personalize this space with some cheerful wallpaper

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38. Choose a cohesive, traditional look and use dark-stained wood throughout

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39. Add a touch of color to the room with some artwork or bold furniture

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I used to love reading books so I can understand why someone would want to have a reading room in their home. It doesn’t have to be a big space. A tiny room with bookshelves on the side walls and a cozy sofa or chair in between would be just perfect. Choose a book, sit down and enter the mysterious world of imagination.

E. An Upstairs Home Library

40. Also, you’ll be able to admire it from downstairs

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41. Install some open shelves and create an interesting display


In a loft, a hallway is formed as you go up the stairs and reach the top floor. That space is perfect for a home library or reading area. Just think about it: some bookshelves on the wall and an armchair or a bench would turn that space into an extra room.

F. Modern Home Libraries

42. The library/ reading area is raised off the floor and it becomes a separate space

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43. The floor-to-ceiling glass wall provides panoramic views of the outdoors

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44. Brown can be modern too as long as the décor is simple

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45. Use the walls which normally remain empty such as on the entryway area

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46. Turn part of your living room into a more intimate reading and sitting area

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That typical traditional design we all have in mind with wood panels on the walls and brown all over the room doesn’t really apply to modern interior designs. If you want a home library in your modern home, then you’ll have to get creative. It can be an open space off the living room or it can be a cozy corner with access to the terrace.

G. Bookshelves Above The Door

47. You can install shelves above the door in any room of the house


48. It’s a great way of saving space in your home office


49. You can even install bookshelves in the kitchen or in the hallway


50. Design a wall unit that goes all the way to the ceiling and frames the doors


51. Such a design also allows you to create a more cohesive interior décor

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52. A wonderful idea for small rooms without lots of space for storage

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The space above the doors is perfect for installing bookshelves. It normally remains empty so, if you want to save space, this would be a great way to do it. Of course, in case you have lots of books, you’ll also need a wall. The shelves will be impossible to reach so you’ll need a ladder, another interesting décor element to put in your home.

H. Vertical Bookcases

53. Organize a library around a column in your living space

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54. Vertical bookcases are easy to fit in any space and they look great in the corner of a room

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55. Create a cozy sitting/ reading corner with a vertical bookcase in the center

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56. Find space for it in your wall unit or closet

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57. You can pair multiple units to create a focal point in the room


Although usually a bookcase or bookshelf is long and sometimes even runs the length of a room, this doesn’t mean it’s the only way to do things. How about a vertical bookcase instead? It can be something as simple as a niche in your wall unit or a series of wall-mounted shelves. You can find lots of ways to include such a piece in your home.

I. Bedroom Libraries

58. You can use the wall behind your bed, although an earthquake would ruin your night

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59. Any wall in the bedroom should be ok for a bookcase

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60. Save space and install bookshelves above and around the windows


61. A room divider would nicely solve the problem

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62. The bookshelves should be close to the bed so you can reach them


If you’re the type that likes to read before going to bed, then why not have a library in your bedroom? It’s much more practical than having to go find a book every time and then returning with it in the bedroom. It’s also a nice idea because there’s not a lot of furniture you need in this room so there should be enough space for a bookcase.

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