Saturday, February 7, 2009

How Do You Organize Your Library?

Over at Brainstorm, Gina Barecca has a great post on her struggle to organize her library. I read her post with much sympathy. I have been struggling for years with how to bring some order to my books. First of all, half of them are in my office at the college and the other half are in my home study. Of course whenever I need a book in my office it is at home and vice-versa. A few years ago I made a half-hearted attempt at organizing my history books by time period, but as my reading interest expanded to novels, cultural criticism, theology, local history, historiography, etc... my shelves have lost all sense of rhyme or reason. Now half of my shelves are classified by genre or subject matter and the other half are organized by time period. Help! I spent fifteen minutes this morning trying to track down a biography of Reinhold Niebuhr.

Any advice would be most appreciated. How do you bring order to your library?