by Becca Bergman Bull and Colleen Egan
The library. It sounds like one of those formal, antiquated spaces — akin to the conservatory or the drawing room — that one associates with, say, BBC programs or the board game Clue. Yet unlike such relics, home libraries still proliferate in a rich variety of styles, as demonstrated by the examples here. Sometimes, they’re entire rooms. But even when there’s no space to spare, homeowners and designers carve book-filled niches out of entryways or find a way to make a dining room do double duty. And no wonder: In this age of digital onslaught, an area dedicated to quiet, thoughtful pursuits — reading and writing, with nary a screen in sight — holds boundless appeal.