via Wired, an in-home private library of epic proportions and spectacular contents. "...The bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects—on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor—the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.)"
The Hearst Castle Gothic Study and Library (last photo). The Hearst Mansion in Beverly Hills is worth $165 million and is famous for having been used in the movie, The Godfather. As befitting such an edifice, the Castle has two incredibly grand book-filled spaces: a Gothic-style, barrel-vaulted stone hall where Hearst met with his advisors and which contains some of his finest metalwork and statuary; and the Library, a beautifully wood-paneled, coffered-ceilinged space containing more than 4,000 books and a collection of Greek pottery. Wow.
I would LOVE a library like this, though other than Photo/kids books, puzzles books, and magazines, I've been downloading everything onto my kindle these days. I would still love this type of room with shelves everywhere to fill with the things I love!
10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures. This one shown is the Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota, converted from a “big box” supermarket to the gorgeous library it is today.