Here is a look at some impressive 2-story home libraries brought to you by Beautiful-Libraries.com

Library #1 – Pictures #1,2 –  This impressive two-story library was built as an addition to the Hollywood Hills house of designer Craig Wright

Library #2 – Picture #3 –  This two-library library belongs to Thierry W. Despont and is located in his Georgian Revival house in Toronto, Canada. The library’s baronial design, a riff on the domed hall of Palladio’s Villa Capra, known as La Rotonda, near Vicenza, Italy, soars to a height of 26 feet and has a diameter of 22 feet.

Library #3 – Picture #4 – The two-story library is located in billionaire T. Boone Pickens’ guest house on his 68,000-acre Texas ranch.

Library #4 – Picture #5 – George Lucas, of Star Wars fame, built this incredible two-story library at Skywalker Ranch, a company retreat in Marin County, California. The library features a forty-foot stained glass dome, a circular staircase, beautiful wood paneling and trim work and of course, bookcases all around. The library houses 27,000 volumes.

Library #5 – Picture #6 – This impressive 2-story library is located in a mountain house in Strawberry Park, Colorado.

Library #6 – Picture #7 – This handsome two-story library has a wrought-iron balcony rail and white-painted shelves. There is room for a piano, as well as space for seating and what looks like a desk in the corner.

Library #7 – Picture #8 – This 2-story library is located in a Neoclassical-style Long Island, New York summer house by Thomas Britt.

  • Sam

    WOW, these all look fantastic. My book collection is a bit of everything really, these books all look like civil rights and law book collections! Wonder if they actually read any of these? A library would definetly be a room I would use, they all look so warm and inviting, I would feel happy to work or study in one. I like number 1, 3 and 7 best!




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  • Daniel

    I have to say I think I will definitely be adding a two-story library to my dream home. I think they are stunning. As for the ones above, I love each with the exception of 3, 6 and 7. While I’m not the most avid reader, I think I could easily fill up a library with architecture, photography, travel, [South Florida] history, and automotive books.




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  • Grrrowler

    I like all of these rooms, and a two-story (or even a one-story) library is something I would definitely use. My current miniature library is overflowing, and one of these rooms would solve the problem. I do wonder how often these rooms are used by the owners, or if they’re there more as a design feature.




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    • Sam

      completely agree, some celebrity icon would never use it, and would only have it to “have one” and show off however I can genuinely imagine polotical leaders and such using them properly.




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  • Iemand

    This is a room/feature I would actually use. You can use it to storage books, as an office, read things, just sit and relax or even a sort of living room.
    Now I would never have enough books to fill one of those, you might just build less bookcases.

    I like all of them, except the last one. #6 (picture 7) isn’t really my style either. But the rest are very nice.




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    • Grrrowler

      I actually like #7 because it is so different. It’s completely unexpected and doesn’t fit the formulaic plan of dark wood paneling, brown leather or heavily upholstered sofas and chairs, and big heavy tables and desks. That said, it’s not my style but I like that it has a lot of life.




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      • Iemand

        Yeah you’ve got a point there, and you certainly right about the fact that most (residential) libraries looks sort of the same. But then still, I would prefer the others 😉




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  • CincyRob

    With Libraries, I have to stick to the more traditional approach due to the significance of the room itself. I would choose Library #5.




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  • Jody Sherin

    Sold 7,500 books to the used bookstore when we sold our home in 2003 and have pretty much filled a room in the “downsized” retirement house already. I could have used, and would have loved a two-story library.




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  • Venom

    I absolutely love library #5 and library #3 comes in second.

    These could almost hold the number of books my mother collects and I wish I was kidding when I said that.




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  • Tay

    The most amazing library i have seen is in Jay Walker’s(founder of priceline.com) 24000sf mansion in Ridgefield, CT. I think its 3 stories? anyway i have a link to some pics of the place, its pretty insane to see.

    http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-10/ff_walker?currentPage=all

    you can also just google “The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination.” to see more pics or info. i forgot who the architect for the estate was but its located on oscaleta rd in ridgefield, ct close to border of NY if your looking for it on a map.




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    • NOVA Ben

      That was a FABULOUS link, thanks so much for sharing it! 😀




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  • Tay

    ok i found the architect. Its the second row down on the right and includes aerials and more.

    http://www.markfinlay.com/New%20Residences.html




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    • NOVA Ben

      The architect’s site has even better pics of the library….my jaw is still on the ground.




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  • Plain J.

    I would like any one of them….they are all NICE!
    Wow, just look at those wonderful books!




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  • NOVA Ben

    These are all absolutely stunning in their own ways. Libraries remain one of my favorite types of rooms for a home. Like many have already said, I feel I’d actually USE it a lot, which is satisfying when so many other design features are just for show.

    I have to pick photo #4 as my favorite library, it looks like a good mixture of rustic comfort and functionality. ALL of these libraries are beautiful, but I feel pics 5 & 8 show libraries that are a little too over the top, for different reasons. Photo 5 looks too much like a public library, and doesn’t look as intimate and cozy as I’d want my library to be. Library 8 is just too showy and bombastic, which is what I’d want a formal living room or foyer to be, not a library.




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