Living with Lots and Lots (and Lots) of Books?

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Q: An avid reader, I've just completed my dissertation, found a teaching position, and I'll be moving over the summer to my first solo apartment along with my extensive collection of books. For me, books are not something that I read and file away; they are very much tools, frequently consulted, flipped through, dog-eared, annotated, abused, etc.

My question to your readers is: what is an attractive yet still practical way to live with an extensive collection of books? Browsing Apartment Therapy's archives, I could not find many attractive *and* practical methods of storing, and living with, an extensive library, whether we're talking living rooms, workspaces, or apartments overall:

Sorting by color, stacking horizontally, etc., are not practical to academics who need to be able to access their libraries quickly. I was hoping your readers might have some suggestions.

Sent by Andy

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.