How to Organize a Home Library

First, talk to your family or anyone who lives with you and tell them your plan. Remember that someone will have to be the librarian, other people can make sure the books are okay. Don't spend too much money on equipment and books if you don't have many.

Steps

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    Examine how many books you have, how many you want to display as well as how large the collection might grow to. Make some estimations as far as size, as you may choose to buy new books or give old ones away.
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    Sort all your books into type or genre. For example, cooking, gardening, science, craft, fiction (crime, romance, thriller, etc.).
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    Purchase shelves from a hardware store or a home decoration & improvement centre. You might need a larger bookcase if the funds or need can cover it. Another alternative to a large bookcase is to get multiple smaller ones.
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    Shop around for bookcases and visit second hand furniture stores. If you are someone who enjoys a little do-it-yourself work, some will come back as good as new with a sand & polish or a repainting.
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    Put up the shelves or install your bookcase and put books in them according to type.
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    Organize the books, put them in their right place when you put them away.
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    In practice, it's best to put the heaviest books on the bottom shelf and the most used on the middle and upper shelves. Avoid overloading your shelves.
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    Consider having a table and some comfortable chairs.
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    If you have a lot of space for books you intend to get, you can put photos or small decorative items in the gaps until you have filled them up. (Preferably nothing personal that may go missing).
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    Use bookends if you need to if you'd prefer all your books to stand upright. These can be polished large stones, heavy bottles, or even cleaned and varnished rustic red bricks.
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    Look after your library, and keep it clean. Dust is the most common problem, but it can also be books not put back, leftover drinking cups, etc.
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    Use a log book or an Excel page to track who borrowed what and when.
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    Enjoy the new library!

Tips

  • Have lots of good, interesting books, put them in children sections and all that stuff.
  • Make library cards.
  • Make it look like a library in any sort of way you can.
  • Make people feel welcome when they come in.
  • Make sure to act friendly.
  • Put good books in it.
  • You can also take turns working.
  • You can put some DVDS in for people to borrow, but they would have to cost at least a pound.

Warnings

  • Be careful.
  • Make sure you have opening and closing times, so nobody can just walk in at any time.

Things You'll Need

  • Books and equipment.

Article Info

Categories: Home Organization & Recycling