Here’s why I organize my library:
1. It just looks better. If you’re like most serious book collectors you take some pride in your collection. You should take pride in how you display them too.
2. Preservation. Are your books becoming damaged by use, neglect, improper storage or the passing of time? Organizing helps preserve the state of our books for longevity, for the next owners. Do you know how your books should be put on the shelves, pulled off the shelves, stacking vs. standing? Do they need to be protected by dust jackets? What’s the best location in our home or office? We are just temporary custodians of our books, we need to take proper care of them. Instead of trading our beloved books for newer versions, we should be caring for them, restoring them.
3. Efficiency. Can you find what book you are looking for when you need it? It’s frustrating to make reference to a book you know you have in your collection but can’t find it.
4. Duplication. I am sure that we share this in common – you’ve purchased a book on more than a few occasions only to get home and discover that you already own it. I don’t like wasting my time or money.
5. Lost books. How many books have you loaned out over the years and haven’t had them returned – I bet you’ve lost track of books because you don’t remember lending them out?
6. Insurance. If part of your collection was stolen or worse, damaged or lost by fire, flood or other natural disaster, do you know what the replacement value is? Do you have your collection properly insured? Do you have a pictorial record of your rare books? Would you be able to prove to your insurer what first
editions you had collected?
7. Reference. Each book I’ve read has left its own kind of imprint on me. I like to jot notes down, whether it be for personal reflection or professional recollection.
If you have questions about having your library professionally organized or would like to book a consultation, please send me an email.