Home library ideas and examples you will see below are a proof that a library, even the smallest one, is the most magical place in the entire home.
If you are planning to remodel your home, rethink what you expect from a space devoted to books, be it a home library in a family room, a library & office in the attic, a book corner in a hallway, or a reading nook in your kids’ room.
Nowadays, in times of electronic books that can handle thousands of books, you may not need an entire room to accommodate all your books. One bookcase can be more than enough.
On the other hand, the place doesn’t automatically become a home library just because you’ll put a bookcase there. You need something more: the magic.
In the list below, you’ll see different ideas for a home library. Separate or transitional rooms, parts of the living room, specially arranged corners, or remodeled hallways – they all have in common one feeling: “this must be a perfect place for reading.”
Sometimes a dimmed light and a comfortable chair with cozy pillows will create the desired effect! Just like in the case of beautiful reading nooks.
We wanted not only to share stunning photos but also give practical details about the designers behind the projects. That’s why in our search for the best home library ideas we focused on one website – Houzz. It’s a leading online platform for people interested in interior design and decorating ideas.
On Houzz, each page dedicated to a specific project includes a description and a link to the designer but also some helpful facts about elements that were used in the design. For instance, you can find such details as the color and type of the wood paint used for a bookcase.
If you come across any other wonderful project of a home library, don’t hesitate to share it with our readers. Thanks!
35 home library ideas for different needs
Traditional walnut paneled home library. This classic-style library in a home near Chicago is paneled in walnut, with golden accents to achieve formal yet warm look. Designed by Morgante Wilson Architects.
River Front Residence library. Traditional, Hampton style living room in a residence in Perth has beige walls, with custom designed cabinets that include beautifully styled bookshelves.
The number of colors used is narrowed down, to highlight the coziness and style. Designed by Jodie Cooper Design.
Industrial style home office. A minimalist look with two rows of floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a large window. Designed by Anna Svyatoslavskaya.
A hidden bookcase door in a home library. This clever home office was built in an old Victorian house in Alameda. It includes a secret entrance to an adjacent office room containing printer and media cabinets. Designed by InHouse Design Studio.
Industrial home library and study room. Created for the couple in Montreal, the home library with shelves made entirely from recycled wood and threaded metal rods suspended to the joists. Designed by Studio MMA.
Rock Creek library. This is a rustic enclosed living room with a standard fireplace and a stone fireplace surround.
There are lighted bookshelves around the fireplace, all accessible without a ladder. Designed by Rocky Mountain Homes.
Contemporary living room with a library. A modern living room with beautiful curved bookshelves and gray armchairs. Designed by Benvenuti and Stein.
Mediterranean-style home library with ladder. This home office and library in New York is designed in ancient Mediterranean style, with beige walls and bookcases. A freestanding desk and fireplace are kept in similar light pastel colors.
There is a high ladder close to the window, as well as a hidden door bookcase leading to and adjacent office room. Designed by Ancient Surfaces.
Home library and reading nook. For an academic couple, a large open stair landing was transformed into a library and reading nook, perfect as the central focal point of their home. Designed by HP Rovinelli Architects.
Family Irving Gill – family room with a library. A home library in the historic Percival Thompson House, built in 1910.
With a large window facing the Pacific Ocean, the room is designed in Earth-tone colors, and includes leather chairs and built-in shelves. Designed by Tommy Chambers Interiors.
Home library under the stairs. Here is an idea how to design a small home library and office in a hallway, under the stairs.
The built-in desk and bookcases were created in a medium tone reddish wood, with bookshelves matching the size of the steps. Designed by Spivak Architects.
Scandinavian style home library. Home office and library in a contemporary home. White shelving, dark wooden floor, industrial door, and and brown comfortable leather chairs. Designed by DK Studio.
Contemporary home library with irregular bookshelves. Designed in a contemporary style, the library has built-in bookshelves. On a beige leather sofa there are Cartoloji map pillows.
Victorian family room and library. A library and a meeting room in a house of the family that wanted to reflect their love and admiration for all things French.
A corner fireplace, and fine antiques, play well with the built-in bookshelves. Designed by Tommy Chambers Interiors.
White library in a sunny family room. This floor-to-ceiling library was set in a contemporary style family room in Los Angeles. Designed by SUBU Design Architecture.
Contemporary study room and library. A large, two-level study room with dark hardwood floors, a ribbon fireplace and a built-in desk. Designed by Ward+Blake Architects.
Classic white & burgundy family library. This amazing little reading space and home library was created in a remodeled house in Detroit.
Bookcases, walls, and ceiling are painted in warm white, while curtains and carpet are dominated by burgundy. Designed by Pierre Paul Design.
Timber frame home office & library. Home office with a loft library in timber frame home. The style is created by combining white walls, dark hardwood floors, and a freestanding desk. Designed by Sitka Log Homes.
Home office and study room. Dark floor is contrasted with white bookshelves in this traditional style home library in a country cottage.
Oriental carpet and custom rolling library ladder add style and functionality. Designed by Giambastiani Design.
Large hallway library. Here is a design idea for someone who has plenty of books. The home library in the contemporary-style home in Boston is created on two floors in a large hallway.
Lightweight-looking bookshelves are built on each wall, with a comfortable reading area located downstairs. Designed by SV Design.
Traditional home office and library. With the floor-to-ceiling bookcase Martha Washington chair, and silk tassel trim curtains, this home library is a heaven for any book lover. Designed by Brown Davis Interiors.
Minimalist spacious modern home office. Sometimes less is more. This roomy home office includes only the books that are needed the most. Both the desk and bookcase have a lightweight look. Designed by Holloway Quinn Interior Design.
Scandinavian stairway library and reading nook. Gorgeous bookcase stairs and a reading nook behind on a way to the upper bedroom in the Svandinavian style flat in France. Designed by IFJ Architecture.
Modern style transitional library. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a study table are located in the transitional room, creating a wonderful contemporary library lounge. Designed by Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects.
Two-story circular library. Take a look at a breath-taking study room with circular opening to second floor.
Both spaces were designed to keep integrity, with dark wood bookcases, purple chairs, and Mediterranean freestanding desk in the center. Designed by Rothers Design/Build.
Stairway library and reading nook. An unused part of a stairway in a remodeled house in Islington was turned into a reading space with lots of bookcases.
The bookshelves frame the window to create a cozy reading nook. Designed by Shade Abdul Architecture.
Old shaped family room and library. The family room in an old house in New York. The wood is covered with English Chestnut color stain. A traditional fireplace surrounded by bookshelves creates a Gothic feeling. Designed by Christina Marraccini Inc.
Multicolored modern-style home library. This home library in Dusseldorf is a great inspiration for anyone who plans to remodel their home library by color. Designed by Refugium Interior Design.
Library area in a contemporary house. Here is an example of mid-sizes home library design in a house in London, with earth tone colors.
Each shelf is individually lighted to create a stunning visual effect. Designed by Roselind Wilson Design.
Home office library in Austin. This small room is used as a library, office, and a meeting place. Library shelves and the rest of furniture is crafted from Mahogany with a dark brown stain. Designed by Cravotta Interiors.
Library corner in children’s room. In in white, this Scandinavian-style library area in a kids’ room in London takes the most use of available space. Designed by Peter Morris Architects.
Creative library space in boys’ room. An urban boy’s bedroom provides space for all his needs including a treehouse hideaway and lots space for treasures.
The bookcases are integrated into the steps leading to the upper bed. Designed by Tamara Hubinsky Interiors.
Eclectic bedroom and library. This bedroom in New York features white walls, light hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a library ladder. Designed by Denizen Design.
Eclectic home office. A small and cozy home office in Toronto. The book collection is displayed by color order.
Attic turned into home library and office. If you are looking for ideas to set up a home library in an attic, take a look at this beautiful design, with a while colored bookshelf filling the gable wall and a small cottage freestanding desk facing a large window. Designed by Anna Wilson Interiors.
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