So, following on from two days ago – my ideal library. Obviously, it’d be in the castle I want to have. I want a huge library, filled with books in several languages (which, of course, I’d be able to read). At the front of the library would be two huge windows with seats, where I could sit and read by sunlight, and look out over my own fields and countryside, maybe see my horses grazing in the fields as a brook babbles nearby.
I think it would be rather nice to have an upstairs sort of gallery in my library. A certain library I used to frequent was in a large hall type room, and it had a walkway all around the interior wall at the height where a second floor might be, forming a sort of wall-less corridor. It would have been improved by an expanded area of flooring with chairs at one end of the walkway, spanning the width of the room so you could sit and look down on the books and anyone who might wander in from above.
A domed ceiling is a must; as is deep carpet, soft lighting among the shelves, and the sort of shelving design that allows you to feel almost as though you could get lost, wandering deep among rows and rows of books, discovering books on everything under the sun by authors you’ve never heard of. Of course, all my favourite books would be bound in bespoke leather covers (probably pink, knowing me) with elegant gold lettering for the title and author’s name. You can actually get this done for your own books, I’ve discovered; it costs quite a lot, of course, but since I’m in fantasy-land right now anyway, what the hell. Pink leather bound tomes it is.
Personally, I quite like to have music on quietly in the background when I read. Depending on what I’m reading, I prefer classical or jazz, maybe opera. (In my magical library, the sound system would know what I wanted to hear at any given time!) I would recline in giant squashy armchairs with a mug of hot chocolate to hand, and sit for hours reading. Nobody would be permitted in my library – I cannot focus when other people are around, even if it is watching a film or something. Privacy and solitude are key to my enjoyment of books, I’m afraid. And that is pretty much my dream library. Lots of books, big windows, huge armchairs and hot chocolate. Bliss.