On the joys of books and shelving

Being a librarian, oddly enough I do actually like books. So how best to house them? Let me count the ways …

I’m assuming that you already have a collection of much loved books to work with. Now the question is, what kind of shelving?

Something sturdy or something that appears to float?

Flybrary bookshelf

Flybrary bookshelf

Something to make use of uderutilised space under the stairs?

Under the stairs

Under the stairs

or above your head?

Overhead storage

Overhead storage

Something arty yet still practical?

Bookworm shelf

Bookworm shelf

And, surely, you’ll need something for your magazines as well.

Magazine storage

Magazine storage

And how should the books be arranged? By size? Or colour? Or genre?

Colour coded bookshelf display

Colour coded bookshelf display

Get to grips with bookshelf etiquette with this great article from the Guardian.

And, if I was a giant, I think I’d appreciate this bookshelf (courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library)

Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library

Take a closer look.

Kansas City Public Library books to read

Kansas City Public Library books to read

Or maybe this one with some more recent titles at the Cardiff Public Library.