Desire to Inspire in response to a reader request for ideas/images of floor-to-ceiling bookcases.
Our house has a few thousand books stored in a variety of bookcases in virtually every room. But as I get older, the desire to keep every book that I enjoy has started to fade. I want to have access to books (through libraries or online) and I want to keep certain reference books or hard-to-find books or books that I have extensively underlined. But do I still need to keep my collection of 66 Agatha Christie mysteries scrounged from used book stores during a decade of searching? All those John Dickson Carrs/Carter Dicksons that I want to reread "when I get old" - do I need to keep the books themselves? I don't know. But I do love seeing people's libraries/bookshelves when I visit homes of neighbors and friends. They tell me a lot about what the people are like.
Via The Centered Librarian.
Addendum: Seabass suggests that those who like libraries and books should visit the Bookshelf Porn tumblr (SFW).