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90 Modern Library Finishes

From Animalistic Book-End Accessories to Converted Library Abodes

— May 21, 2013 — Art & Design
If you’re looking for some great inspiration to deck out a home or work library, these hacked library finishes are a fantastic starting point. Between the modern accessories that you can find for your library, including bookends that contain live fish in them or jumping giraffe book holders, there are a lot of new designs awaiting your reading room.

Almost every part of the library is now hackable. Technically speaking, you don’t even have to have real books in a library room, it can be all digital if that’s what you prefer. If you’re more of a Kindle or E-Book reader type, you can furnish your library with classic book settings, such as a table with the shape and feel of a classic novel, without the costly expense of the paper reads.

Whichever your reading style preference, these hacked library finishes give an outstandingly literary touch.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Book Borrowing E-Readers
Book Borrowing E-Readers
The Kindle Owners' Lending Library Loans Novels Sans Due Dates
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88
On-Demand Literary Printing
On-Demand Literary Printing
Harvard Book Store Espresso Book Machine Prints in Four Minutes
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87
Stunning Sorting Apps
Stunning Sorting Apps
ShelvAR App Uses Augmented Reality to Arrange Library Books
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86
Digitized World Histories
Digitized World Histories
The Google Books British Library Project Provides Literature Online
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85
Library Sized Apps
Library Sized Apps
The Boundless Library Provides Extensive Exploration of Library's Conte
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84
E-Book Libraries
E-Book Libraries
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Debuts the World's First e-Library
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83
Public Library Homes
Public Library Homes
Hernando Guanlao Pays Love to His Parents by Honoring Their Love of Reading
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82
Literature-Scented Sprays
Literature-Scented Sprays
The Demeter Paperback Cologne Smells Like Aged Books
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81
Rice-Written Novels
Rice-Written Novels
Trong G. Nguyen's Library Exhibit Features Minuscule Grains of Art
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80
People-Lending Libraries
People-Lending Libraries
The Surrey City Centre Library to Offer 'Living Books' to the Public
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79
Symmetrical Library Hyperphotos
Symmetrical Library Hyperphotos
Bibliotheques Ideales by JF Rauzier is Realistically Surreal
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78
Overeager Book Police
Overeager Book Police
Man Arrested for Not Returning Library Materials in Littleton, Colorado
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77
Free Cultural Libraries
Free Cultural Libraries
UNESCO, Library of Congress, and Others Launch World Digital Library
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76
Online Book Catalogs
Online Book Catalogs
'Librarything' Library-Quality Tracking App for Hardcore Book-Lovers
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75
Classy Corkscrew Bookends
Classy Corkscrew Bookends
These Book Holders Will Add a Classy Touch to Your Library Decor
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74
Pillows for the Overworked
Pillows for the Overworked
Steal a Quick Nap With the Disguised Workaholic Pillow
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73
Contemporary Library Designs
Contemporary Library Designs
The UvA University Library is a Book-Less Archive
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72
Book-Free Libraries
Book-Free Libraries
New England Prep School Ushers in Literary Electronic Era
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71
DIY Library Kits
DIY Library Kits
This Cute Set Turns Bookworms into Librarians
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70
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Street Books Delivers Literature to Portland's Homeless
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69
Digital Subway Libraries
Digital Subway Libraries
New York Commuters Tap into the Digital Subway Library for Free Reads
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68
Same-Sex Bookshelves
Same-Sex Bookshelves
The Equal Opportunity 'I Love You Library' by Samaldesign
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67
Novel Tech Chargers
Novel Tech Chargers
The Book Charging Dock for iPhone and iPod has a Vintage Aesthetic
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66
Literary Ecotecture
Literary Ecotecture
The UNStudio Waalse Krook Library Will be a Green Haven
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65
Many-Leafed Magazine Racks
Many-Leafed Magazine Racks
The Ligne Roset Paper Table is a Lazy Susan Library
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64
Library-Like Stairwells
Library-Like Stairwells
The Bookcase Staircase is Great for Small Spaces
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63
Oversized Hardcover Facades
Oversized Hardcover Facades
The Kansas City Library has Installed a Gigantic Bookshelf
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62
Sustainable Book Repositories
Sustainable Book Repositories
The 'Winds of Change Library' Blows Away Its Predecessors
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61
Podlike Literature Buildings
Podlike Literature Buildings
Stockholm Public Library is All About Infinite Space
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60
Library-Inspired Lights
Library-Inspired Lights
The 'Book' Light Brings Character to Any Dining Room
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59
Curtain-Style Book Storage
Curtain-Style Book Storage
The Atecton Hanging System Turns Literary Collections into Partitions
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58
Excised Novel Storage
Excised Novel Storage
The 315 Bookshelf Holds Volumes Through the Removal of Material
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57
Book-Made Buildings
Book-Made Buildings
The Book Cell by Matej Kren is an Octagonally Awesome Accomplishment
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56
Playful Swaying Bookcases
Playful Swaying Bookcases
Topple Shelf Mimics the Motions of Your Favorite Reading Rocking Chair
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55
Animalistic Book-End Accessories
Animalistic Book-End Accessories
The Sturer Bock for Pulpo is a Fierce Way to Display Literature
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54
Library Ladder Kitchens
Library Ladder Kitchens
Francoise Bollack Architects Makes Kitchens More Accessible
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53
Book-Encasing Pyramids (UPDATE)
Book-Encasing Pyramids (UPDATE)
The Book Mountain by MVRDV is a Librarian Marvel
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52
Open Air Libraries
Open Air Libraries
This Incredible Karo Architekten Design is a Public Repository Like No Other
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51
Bookworm Accommodations
Bookworm Accommodations
The 'Library Resort' in Koh Samui is Meant for Book-Lovers
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50
Leaning Library Furniture
Leaning Library Furniture
Patricia Yasmine Graf Lets the Wall Do the Work for Kantik Big
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49
Modern Libraritecture
Modern Libraritecture
TANK Architects Constructs 21st Century Literary Havens
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48
Soft Bookworm Storage
Soft Bookworm Storage
The Silicone Catalyst Shelf Has a Built-In Bookmark
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47
Converted Library Abodes
Converted Library Abodes
The Elena Garro Cultural Center Boasts An Inventive Remodel Concept
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46
Fish-Friendly Shelfmates
Fish-Friendly Shelfmates
These 'Halve Bookends' from Gnr8 Combine Novel and Nautical
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45
Literature Tribute Architecture
Literature Tribute Architecture
Knut Hamsun Center Pays Homage to the Norwegian Writer
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44
Upcycled Novel Artworks
Upcycled Novel Artworks
Lisa Occhipinti Gives Old Books New Life
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43
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
The Exterior of the Aberdeen University Library Responds to Light
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42
Non-Linear Libraries
Non-Linear Libraries
The Sacred Heart Primary School Library by Suters Architects is Inventive
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41
Phone Booth Libraries
Phone Booth Libraries
Community-Run 24-Hour Micro Library in Somerset
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40
Inverted Bookshelf Makeovers
Inverted Bookshelf Makeovers
'Raw Edges' by Booken Completely Redesigns the Traditional Bookcase
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39
Spiralling Book Installations
Spiralling Book Installations
Twisted Tales by Wary Meyers is Made for Whimsical Literature Lovers
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38
Domed Ceiling Bookshelves
Domed Ceiling Bookshelves
The Wade Davis Writing Studio Boasts a Sky-High Library
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37
Bookish Buildings
Bookish Buildings
De Batavier is a Facade of Books in Lootstraat, Amsterdam
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36
Library Zoos
Library Zoos
‘Animal Index' Wildlife Book Markers Bring Bookshelves to Life
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35
Bookshelf Tabletops
Bookshelf Tabletops
The Library Exhibi-Table Shows Off Your Reading Collection
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34
Fancy Bookstores
Fancy Bookstores
Motto Berlin Makes Buying Literature a Chic Experience
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33
Brick-Resembling Libraries
Brick-Resembling Libraries
The Katowice Library by HS99 Towers With Academic Grandiosity
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32
Showy Red Reading Rooms
Showy Red Reading Rooms
The New University Library at the University of Amsterdam
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31
Glass Box Libraries
Glass Box Libraries
The Bloor/Gladstone Library is an Incredible Use of Glass
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30
Outdoor Book Rooms
Outdoor Book Rooms
The 24 Hour Library and Community Space in Magdeburg, Germany
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29
Compact Reading Nooks
Compact Reading Nooks
A Simple, Space-Saving 'Library' by Guy Eddington
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28
Led-Lit Libraries
Led-Lit Libraries
The Castro Leal Library Uses Diode Lighting
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27
Literary Feature Walls
Literary Feature Walls
Library House Was Designed Around the Necessity for Expansive Book Storage
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26
Suspended Bookshelves
Suspended Bookshelves
Adrien De Melo's Upside Down Library
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25
Circular Library Bookshelves
Circular Library Bookshelves
Ex Libris' Curvy Design is Capable of Holding 20,000 Tomes
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24
Scannable Subway Libraries
Scannable Subway Libraries
The Physical Digital Library in Bucharest Subway Lets Passengers Read
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23
Slide-Dividing Libraries
Slide-Dividing Libraries
Korean Architects 'Moon Hoon' Offers a Playful Room to Read Books
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22
Recycled Book Desks
Recycled Book Desks
Tu Delft Architecture Bibliotheek Turns the Tables on Intelligent Design
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21
Book-Inspired Tables
Book-Inspired Tables
Micth Steinmetz Presents Literary Furniture
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20
Feline-Friendly Bookshelves
Feline-Friendly Bookshelves
The Corentin Dombrecht Cat-Library is the Perfect Perch for Puss
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19
Chic Living Room Libraries
Chic Living Room Libraries
Montana Mobler Helps You Organize Your Own Personal Library
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18
Book Brick Desks
Book Brick Desks
The Recycled Book Reference Desk at the Delft University of Technology
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17
Storybook Storage Systems
Storybook Storage Systems
The Pagina Bookcase Looks Like a Magnified Model of an Open Novel
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16
Novel Architectural Models
Novel Architectural Models
Your House by Olafur Eliasson is a Sectional Study
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15
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
The Almere Library Incorporates Retail Details
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14
Layered Library Concepts
Layered Library Concepts
The Ghirardelli Achitetti Concept for Daegu Gosan Unfolds Gradually
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13
Romantically Decorative Heaters
Romantically Decorative Heaters
Art Radiators Creates Stylish Room Warmers
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12
Circular Seating Bookcases
Circular Seating Bookcases
The Archive Bookshelf Collection by David Garcia
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11
Faux Library Finishes
Faux Library Finishes
This Vintage Bookshelf Wallpaper Makes Your Home Intellectual
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10
Bounteous Bookcases
Bounteous Bookcases
Small Spaces Call for Serious Storage, and These Designs Deliver
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9
Graphic Novel Galleries
Graphic Novel Galleries
The MoCCA by Alessandro Ortiz and Reid Nystrom Conceive a Built Caricature
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8
Floating Literature Holders
Floating Literature Holders
The 'Conceal Book Shelf' Makes One a Reading Magician
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7
Deceptive Wallpaper Designs
Deceptive Wallpaper Designs
Mr. Perswall Creates Elaborate Illusions for Your Humble Abode
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6
Musical Instrument Furniture
Musical Instrument Furniture
The Piano Bookshelf Lends the Home a Melodic Vintage Vibe
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5
Landscape-Blended Architecture
Landscape-Blended Architecture
The 'Liyuan Library' Fuses Nature and Man-Made Structure
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4
Celebrity Home Libraries
Celebrity Home Libraries
Judy Berman Photographs Libraries of the Rich and Famous
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3
Piped Paperback Storage
Piped Paperback Storage
Industrial Bookshelves Bind Your Library into the Structure of Your Home
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2
Branching Paperback Perches
Branching Paperback Perches
The Olivier Dolle Book Shelf Never Ceases to Be a Tree
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1
Sustainable Stackable Shelves
Sustainable Stackable Shelves
The Dany Gilles 800g Library Makes Interlocking Eco Storage
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