6 home libraries with enough space to store many collections of beloved tomes

Custom mahogany shelves and cabinets, plus massive mahogany and frosted glass pocket doors give this library within a two bedroom, two bathroom condo at 30 Main Street in DUMBO (for sale at $3.990 million) an extra warm feel.


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For most New Yorkers, a spacious home library is an unnecessary indulgence—why give up any precious square footage when you can store volumes galore on one slim tablet? But for a true book lover, nothing will replace the romanticism of a beloved hardcover or paperback. Here, six homes that place the page on a pedestal.

Located on the parlor floor of this five-story, prewar, limestone townhouse at 1145 Park Avenue (on the market for $8.999 million) is this elegant library complete with custom cabinetry.

The dining room of this classic-six at 180 Riverside Drive (in contract for $2.25 million) doubles as a library thanks to walls of built-in bookshelves and cabinets.

At 1220 Park Avenue, a 10-room condo (listed at $5.7 million) includes a fourth bedroom currently set up as a library with a wall of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

For a little drama, nothing beats this darkly painted library, sandwiched between the master bedroom and living/dining rooms, and overlooking the private courtyard of a seven room, 4,210-square-foot condo at 455 Central Park West (yours for $ 7.395 million).

Measuring approximately 700 square feet, the East River-facing library of this nine-room co-op at 870 United Nation Plaza (priced at $6.5 million) might rival some branches of the NYPL.