Because you can never get enough bookshelf porn!

So over at the Daily Mail is a wonderful story titled, “Shhh! World’s most stunning libraries captured in new book that will leave you lost for words,” but as much as I like that headline, what the article boils down to is what I call bookshelf porn. I’ve covered the topic before, and even have a Pinterest board dedicated to it, but the idea is simple: Sometimes you just want to ogle big, beautiful…bookshelves.

Dr. James Campbell of Cambridge University traveled for three years to over 80 libraries in 20 countries for his new book, The Library, the first of its kind to be published.

He discusses how he wants more people to appreciate the cultural significance of libraries, which are often threatened by a lack of interest and funding. He notes that in this technological age, public libraries are in fact more democratic, since you don’t need to have the privileges of a computer and Internet connection to experience them.

I think that his research promotes awareness of a crucial issue around the globe, and it reminds me to respect the beauty and power of the written word.

Most of all, I’m jealous of this amazing journey that he was able to take! But since we can’t make the same trek ourselves, I’ll share these exquisite photos. Ogle away, bookshelf porn addicts!

The Mafra Palace Library, in Mafra, Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina, in Coimbra, Portugal

The George Peabody Library, Baltimore

The library at Admont Abbey in Austria

UPDATE 10/24/13 9:37 a.m. PST: Apparently, I’m a terrible book blogger for not yet discovering bookshelfporn.com, which has been around since 2009! I begrudgingly thank Buzzfeed for informing me of this site, and will now fuel my addiction by obsessively scrolling and pinning these beauties!

Happy Friday! Here’s some bookshelf porn to celebrate!

I bet that title got you to pay attention!

Some people may find Pinterest a time-suck for only select demographics: women with ’90s nostalgia planning their mason-jar-obsessed barn wedding, fitness junkies with their “thinspiration” boards, or beauty fanatics pinning crazy nail art and ombre highlights.

Yes, we (almost 70% female) are on Pinterest looking at meals we’ll never make, places we’ll never go, and houses we’ll never afford. The social network is the ultimate 21st century dream board.

And although my job has shifted my priorities where they belong–more working and less pinning–I still love dropping by the site every now and then. I even recently converted my account from personal to professional, so please check out my Book Club Babe board!

Today, I’d like to share pictures from my favorite board, aptly named Bookshelf Porn. Every book lover fantasizes about their perfect library, with shelves packed from ceiling to floor. So without further ado, admire these wonders!

Library in the Loft

Spiral Staircase

Lines and Curves

Floating Shelves

And, of course, the secret bathroom so you never have to leave your library!

Please follow the links to the rest of the 50 pins on my Bookshelf Porn Pinterest board (don’t forget to repin if you’re a user too!), and post pics of your favorite libraries in the comments!

Have a great weekend everybody!