Unpacking Your Library: Books about Book Organization

As well as cataloguing home and studio libraries, we offer services to organise them and advice on how to do so.

Anne Welsh‘s latest publication is a blog post at myVLF.com sharing top tips on how to organise your library.

You can read the tips in full on the myVFLF Blog alongside lots of other bookish posts. Librarian to the core, we thought it might be helpful to share a bibliography of the books and articles mentioned. Wherever possible, we’ve shared links to fulltext, WorldCat libraries, the original publisher, and secondhand sellers, in that order.

Living With Books

Walter Benjamin, ‘Unpacking My Library: A Talk About Book Collecting’, in Illuminations, edited and with an introduction by Hannah Arendt, translated by Harry Zohn, New York: Schocken, 1969, pp. 59-67. WorldCat | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

Jacques Bonnet, The Phantoms on the Bookshelves, London: MacLehose, 2010. WorldCat | Publisher | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

William Ewart Gladstone, On Books and the Housing of Them, Project Gutenberg [eBook], 2009. Fulltext.

Alberto Manguel, Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2018. WorldCat | Publisher | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

Leah Price, Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2011. WorldCat | Publisher | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

Mark Purcell, The Country House Library, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2019. WorldCat | Publisher | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

Lydia Pyne, Bookshelf (Object Lessons), New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. WorldCat | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

S.R. Ranganathan, The Five Laws of Library Science, Madras: Madras Library Association, 1931. Fulltext (Hathi Trust Digital Library).

Jo Steffens and Matthias Neumann, Unpacking My Library: Artists and Their Books, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2017. WorldCat | Publisher | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

Jillian Tamaki, ‘The Best Book Jill Lepore Ever Got As A Present Is One She Hates’, New York Times, 27 August 2020. Fulltext.

Thomas Wright, Oscar’s Books: A Journey Round the Library of Oscar Wilde, London: Vintage, 2009. WorldCat | Publisher (eBook version) | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

Tidying

Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living, London: Penguin, 2017. WorldCat | Publisher | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

Marie Kondo, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, Berkeley, California: Ten Speed, 2014. WorldCat | konmari.com | Better World Books | Abebooks | Abebooks UK.

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