If having a home library is the dream, then having a home library with bookcases so toweringly tall you need a ladder to access them is a dream within a dream. Library ladders are actually quite practical, because who wants to drag over a stepstool when you desperately need to reference that copy of War and Peace, but they're also a bit romantic and present a lot of scope for the imagination, really the next best thing to having a library like this. In short, library ladders are both dramatic and useful, like the perfect partner we've all been looking for.
Above: This library ladder, in a space from The Room Edit, has a railing so you can access your collections safely.
A library ladder is just one of the beautiful details in this Swedish home spotted on Elle Decoration.
Why just have a living room when you can have a living room surrounded by walls of books? Image from Casa Vogue.
A gold library ladder is the ultimate in luxury. Spotted on Vogue Russia.
We love the unique shape of this library ladder, from One Kind Design.
A library ladder graces a living room form Bo Bedre.
Even if yyou don't have a lot of space for shelves, a library ladder can help you make the most of what you've got by taking the shelves all the way to the ceiling. Image from House & Garden.
And finally, these bookcases may look super fancy — but they're actually dressed up IKEA Billys. Get all the details on The Makerista.