I have been dwelling on a question of how many books make a library. Where to draw the lower limit? One book, of course, doesn’t make a collection. Thanks to the Romans we know that three do. But, what about two books? It’s ridiculous.
Anyway, what made me think about it is the fact that having 400+ books never felt like having a library. The reason for this is, naturally, in their number and, consequently, the space they occupy. (Or the size of my room, if one is to take a slightly different perspective to look at the problem.)
Books are mainly housed in two bookcases but many are scattered all around the room – sitting on the windowsill, on and inside of the old-fashioned cabinets, on the top of a closet… And still, they are not dominant.
I always thought that I would be “satisfied” when I reach the number of thousand. That I will, then, see my collection as a library. I no longer believe I will. It will not happen until books take over every inch of every wall.
Ideally, one of the bookcases would actually prove to be a door leading into a small bedroom for I wouldn’t want to be too far from my precious living objects if I don’t have to.. And bookcase ladders! That would be fun to have around.. to climb and read sitting on them…