Ask a book lover for a description of their dream home, and you may invariably hear about their desire to have their own little library. Some of these homebuyers even make it a point to look for a specifically designated library when they pore over real estate listings in Quebec City. If you’re such a person and you do want to make sure that there’s a room in your future home that can work as your library room, you need to consider the following factors:
Is it big enough? It’s true that size matters, at least when libraries are concerned. You don’t just need enough space for your books, but also room for you to move about so you can browse and find the book you want. You should also remember that if you’re a real book lover then you’re going to continue buying books, so you need space to grow. At the same time, you also need enough space for your furniture. That means enough room for a comfy chair, as well as a desk if you’re going to use this room for study or work projects.
Is the room in the right place? You don’t really want a library in the attic or bedroom, or any place where there’s high humidity. The humidity levels can wreak havoc on your books and they will eventually warp.
The right room also shouldn’t have too much sun as well. The UV rays can also damage your books. If you do have a fantastic library room except the sun shines too brightly through the windows, you should check if you can use heavy drapes while you still feel comfortable inside.
Can the floor support the weight? You may think a single book doesn’t weigh much, but a stack of books can be very heavy. With a library, we’re talking about a large number of books that can truly weigh a whole lot. That’s why most libraries are on the ground floor, because the foundation can better handle the weight than the floor on a higher level of the house.
If in fact the library in the home you’re considering is on the 2nd floor, ask if a contractor has seen and checked over the floor to see if it’s able to support all the books as well as the furniture. If not, then it’s a potential disaster just waiting to happen.
How’s the lighting? You will need to pay attention to the lighting scheme in your library. It’s not just about being able to read a book in your favorite spots in the room. It’s also about being able to see the books when you’re looking for a particular volume. It’s going to be weird if you need a flashlight as you walk around the bookshelves. You should be able to read the titles on the spines without any sort of flashlight.
How do you access the books? Sometimes books are located in higher level shelves that may require a ladder. This can make the room feel cramped unless it’s very spacious. Also, the books may have to be dusted regularly, and that can be a pain if you need to use a ladder for each section of the library.
Books on the lowest level of some books shelves may also require you to sit or even kneel down so you can look at the titles on the spine. This can also be annoying, and it can reduce the pleasure you feel in your library.
It’s true that you can avoid all these problems with a mobile device and digital copies of books, since a single device can contain enough memory for 10,000 volumes. But there’s no denying the simple pleasure of reading an actual book.