• Bookcase: Hinrik Ólafsson's Home in Iceland

    One of Hinrik’s must-have essentials at home is his bookcase, which is stocked with many volumes. “Books are an essential part of my life,” he says. “As an Icelander, literature is so important to…   See the Image

  • Library: Joel Schumacher's Rustic Retreat in Carpinteria, Calif.

    Built-in shelving lines the walls of the library, which could also serve as a cozy den. A full bathroom and closet allow for a third bedroom suite in the house.   See the Image

  • Staircase: Grand Home Theater in Slinger, Wis.

    The cherrywood spiral staircase provides an overhead view of the library. Herringbone parquet flooring, large windows and a quiet sitting area are a few of the features that make the library a…   See the Image

  • Library: Grand Home Theater in Slinger, Wis.

    The stunning cherrywood library boasts wall-to-wall bookshelves, providing the perfect spot for a book lover. A leather armchair offers a comfortable place for reading, while a spiral staircase…   See the Image

  • Library: Pre-War Apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Tuck up in this cozy library corner and read to your heart's content. Gorgeous original details surround you on all sides, from the intricate moldings to the wainscoting.   See the Image

  • Blockbuster Film Home.The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford, was filmed in this spacious 6,200-square-foot manse. Built in 2000, the five-bedroom, five-bath modern is four stories of urbane glam.…   See the Image

  • Reading Lounge: Lavish Mansion in Marrakech, Morocco

    Cozy up with your favorite book in the spacious reading room. An L-shaped couch with red velour pillows offers plenty of space for relaxing, while a large window-covered wall provides natural reading…   See the Image

  • Library: Private Observatory in Coral Gables, Fla.

    The two-level walnut and cherry wood library comes equipped with its own elevator.   See the Image

  • Library: Bob Hope's Former Estate in Toluca Lake, Calif.

    Just off the foyer, the warm, wood-paneled library looks elegant with built-ins and a brick fireplace. The enormous estate also houses a massive living room, bar, billiard room, formal dining room,…   See the Image

  • Library: Historic Stone Estate in Darien, Conn.

    In the wood-paneled library, built-in bookshelves line one wall opposite an elegantly carved fireplace with stone inlay. The home dates back to 1897, but renovations have brought the historic home…   See the Image