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We have shelves!
chap
nmg

64.25 metres of shelving to be precise. Now all we need to do is move around some of the existing shelves to fit all of our oversized books (mainly ias's photography books and my gaming stuff) and unpack the remaining boxes. But before that, a poll!

Poll #676591 Gark Library

What is the most likely disposition of the Gark Library?

We have more shelves than books.
0(0.0%)
We have more shelves than books, but I sneak more books into the house until they're full.
2(4.9%)
We have more shelves than books, but I sneak more books into the house until we have a comfortable excess.
3(7.3%)
We have more shelves than books, and this state persists beyond the next twelve months.
0(0.0%)
We have more books than shelves.
6(14.6%)
We have more books than shelves, so we continue to live with boxes of books around the house.
6(14.6%)
We have more books than shelves, and Issy insists that we get rid of some of the books.
1(2.4%)
We have more books than shelves, and Issy insists that we get rid of some of the books. Divorce proceedings ensue.
1(2.4%)
The combined weight of the bookshelves proves too much for the plasterboard walls, leading to structural collapse.
0(0.0%)
The combined weight of the bookshelves proves too much for the plasterboard walls. Structural collapse is averted by well-placed stacks of books propping up the library floor from beneath.
5(12.2%)
Information density reaches critical threshold, Gark Villa turns into a black hole.
17(41.5%)

Ticky?

Box
3(8.1%)
Socks
0(0.0%)
Fox
5(13.5%)
Pox
4(10.8%)
Clocks
1(2.7%)
I refuse to be straitjacketed by a predetermined set of choices
11(29.7%)

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My own bookshelf situation has been reaching critical levels recently. I've about run out of bookshelf space (space on the bookshelves, and unoccupied walls against which to put new bookshelves). I've put a few small bookcases up in the attic (B&Q and Homebase do some cheap pine bookcases for about ten quid which are just the right size) but I'm wary about storing too much stuff up there in case the ceiling falls in.

So a couple of weeks ago I decided to experiment with double-stacking. I've made some little shelf-inserts (12cm wide, 8cm high) which fit at the back of the shelf and raise the obscured books sufficiently that I can see what they are. This should hopefully solve the bookshelf issue for a couple of years at least.

The best I've ever managed was to have as many shelves as books, and that doesn't last long. You may have reached this state today, but by next month, you'll have little piles of stray books appearing.

Alex's gaming books only stay in check becaues quite a few are out on loan.

Note to self, must declutter some more books. Ideally, this evening, before the cleaner comes tomorrow, but actually probably when Alex isn't there.

H

Thanks for making me laugh on a gloomy Monday ;-)

We supposedly have a 'steady state collection development policy' in our house (i.e. 1 book in 1 book out) but the books still seem to breed like tribbles...

Two new Billy bookcases have been filled in the last 12 months and we still have books and videos resting horizontally on top of other books and videos. We're trying to clear stuff out to the charity shops as part of the whole house doctoring thing but so many books tempt me to keep them just in case I ever want to look at/read them again.

RuthJ

I have tried to explain to Himself the merits of a 'steady state collection development policy' but so far to no avail...

...and I've tried to explain to Herself that The One That Dies With The Most Books Wins, also to no avail.

We've done two book culls in the past 6 months and we still have too many:( Quite a few were offloaded onto others for their collections and the others went to an Oxfam book bank over by the local recycling deposits. I'm trying to have the 1 in 1 out policy, but like Ruth said they breed at a tremendous rate for some reason. I'm still trying to get a PDA and then I can get electronic books, they take up no space and there's no danger on klonking a bubsy on the head when you're trying to turn a page " "

Now we also have the bubsys books, the bottom shelf of the unit in the living room is entirely took up with their favourites and they have loads more in the nursery... imagine what it's going to be like when they can read?!

'there's no danger on klonking a bubsy on the head when you're trying to turn a page'

are you trying to tell me its only my kids that have been clipped with the tv remote - when they are either feeding or move quickly

lil

You forgot the option "We have more books than shelves, so we buy ourselves some more books to make ourselves feel better."

now your talking with the refinement of sell the shelves to pay for more books

lil

For sanity sake, and the sake of the O'Neill marriage, it has been decided that, for the time being, the books will be housed in a storage locker at extreme expense.

I am not getting rid of them.

Currently the shelf space issue is under discussion and will continue to do so until (a) we move to the US or (b) we build the loft conversion.


It looks awfully like <whisper>we might have more shelves than books</whisper>...

But that can be corrected, as no doubt the new shelving in our loft conversion will demonstrate.

Mark

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