How to Organise Your Home Library

When you’ve got a ton of books at home, it pays to organise them in a way that works for you—and everyone at home who wishes to appreciate great works of literature.

Updated on June 06, 2017 0:06 am

Camille Besinga


Who among you has a book collection randomly placed or hidden in different parts of your house? If you raised your hand with us, then let’s join the legions of homeowners who need to get their home libraries organised. What’s the benefit of doing so? Well, for one, it makes finding the books you want much easier. And once you start keeping track of what you have, it makes it easier, too, to lend them out and share the literary wealth, so to speak.

Here are some steps you can follow to get those books finally organised.


1) Sort through the books you have; and slim down your collections if you can. You can choose to give away some of your old, ratty books, have them recycled, or donate them to schools and other charitable institutions. If you’d rather keep them all, then it makes perfect sense to make them more accessible at the very least.


2) Try cataloguing all your books into some system that works for you.

You can arrange your books in any of these orders:

• By genre

• By alphabetical arrangement according to title

• By alphabetical arrangement according to author’s name

• By topic or theme

This way, it’s easy for you to keep track of the titles in your personal collection, as well as make it easy for you to find the book you need at certain times or occasions. You don’t need to use an old-school cataloguing system (unless, of course, that’s what floats your boat); there are lots of apps out there that can help you do this gargantuan task. Check out this site for some cataloguing app suggestions.


If you’re more into how your book collection can make a visual impact at home, you may also arrange them according to the colour of the book spine.


Sometimes, you’d rather go for a clean, calming look; cover up your books with paper (white or craft), label them, and place them all back in the shelves. Or, you can store the book with spines facing the back of the bookshelf wall, so that just the edges of the pages are exposed.

3) Allot a specific space for all your books.

String storage system by Danish Design

If you can’t assign an entire room as your own personal library, place shelves where there is room for them in a common area, like the living room.

Reedy bookcase by Dream Interiors

Even entryways into common areas may serve as a niche for bookcases, particularly if the entryway is wide enough.

Raumplus Rima Storage System by Ewins

For limited spaces, bookshelves you can layer one on top of the other through tracks on the floor may be a big help.

4) Provide a reading nook and sufficient lighting for you to enjoy your collection.



A lounge seat or an armchair with ottoman makes reading much more enjoyable.


Reading in available, natural light is best, and window seats easily let one do this at home.

Cover photo courtesy of Modern Home Interior Design


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