The Home Library Of Your Dreams

A home library is the dream of many a homeowner. Having a dedicated space in your home to squirrel away and read away an afternoon is a great luxury, accentuated even more by the breadth of choice and organization of your reading material. But how do you know what kind of home library you need? Take this short quiz to find out.

THE HOME LIBRARY QUIZ

When I enter my home library, I feel
a) creatively inspired
b) reverent to the Masters
c) terrible that I haven't read even half of the volumes

The historical figure I am most like is
a) Jules Verne
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) Emily Dickinson

The only rule I would make for my home library is
a) all visitors must pass through to admire it
b) no food or drink
c) always put books back where you found them

The non-book item in my home library I am most proud of is
a) the signed photograph by Walker Evans
b) the astrolabe from the 16th century
c) the home computer nestled in the corner

FIND OUT WHICH HOME LIBRARY IS YOUR IDEAL TYPE

If you answered "a" to most of the questions, your ideal home library type is Decorative. You value books for their artistic qualities, and want to store these beautifully crafted pieces in a place where they can be seen and admired.

If you answered "b" to most of the questions, your ideal home library type is Display. You want to have a safe, temperature- and humidity-controlled environment in which to store your treasured first editions and rare books. They are an investment that need to be carefully protected.

If you answered fairly evenly between "a" and "b," you might want to consider a Decorative/Display home library. True, there is a close overlap between these two types.

If you answered "c" to most of the questions, your ideal home library type is Working, or Living home library. Maybe you are a professor and need a quiet space to work and consult classic books, or perhaps your favorite way to spend a rainy day is curled up in a leather chair reading Jane Austen novels for the umpteenth time. Either way, you see your home library as a place to live, breathe, work, and play among books.