Whether you enjoy gazing upon your private book collection in solitude and peace, or you have a home full of children who are back to school and burdened with homework, libraries can be among the biggest home luxuries. These multimillion-dollar properties boast libraries a little more sophisticated than your standard Billy bookcase in the corner of the bedroom, and they feature price tags to match.
737 Paddock Lane, Chadds Ford, Pa.
Monthly taxes: $2,194
Tell me all about it: This five-bedroom stunner has been recently remodeled and features a mahogany office and library with curved walls. If that spot isn't a cozy enough place to curl up with a book, the property also features a fabulous en-suite soaking tub in the master and a large back patio beside the in-ground pool.
1031 Barberry Road, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Monthly taxes: $5,504
Tell me all about it: This entire 9,149-square-foot, Normandy-style home seems designed for relaxation with a good book. There are sprawling gardens, a sunny breakfast nook, and custom-designed English gardens. But the real show-stopper in the four-bedroom home is the soaring, two-story library with built-in shelving to accommodate any bibliophile's collection and a gorgeous ceiling treatment with chandelier.
1280 Club House Road, Gladwyne, Pa.
Monthly taxes: $1,962
Tell me all about it: If you like doing your reading indoors, the wood-clad library in this five-bedroom home is perfect. The fireplace will keep you warm and the French doors will give you a taste of the outdoors. When the weather is nice, the wrap-around porch is an inviting space to sit with your book and some strong coffee.