Home Library Tips

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Caroline Seebohm, author of At Home With Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries once told me, "The library has always been an essential element of a house's make-up, even for people who don't read a lot." She added, "The idea of a library is very compelling."

Yes, home libraries are compelling for what they are, and, sometimes, for what they aren't. Dark paneling and uniform shelving? One bookcase and a chaise? Anna Miller sent this fun list of 100 Tips & Tools to Create the Ultimate Home Library to help you figure it out. A sampling: #2 Book plates, #10 Ladders, #34 Do not eat in the library, #75 Use incandescent bulbs. My personal favorite: #96 Consider a minibar.