|Charles Spurgeon's Library|
If you don't know who Charles Spurgeon is, then you don't know the author of more printed work than any author in history. Charles Spurgeon has more material still in print than Shakespeare. What did he write you ask? Sermons. This is his personal library. It contained 12,000 volumes.
|Spurgeon in Study|
|Alberto Manguel has 30,000 Volumes|
|One Room of the Many|
How did Alberto do it? First, he never lends books. I've learned this the hard way. If someone likes a book he will buy a gift copy. Secondly, there was no rhyme or reason to his madness. He would simply get books that he was interested in. He does not order them according to ISB number, but according to his liking. One room alone are Murder Mysteries. Each room has it's own flavor. He is the author of several books including Libray in the Night: A history of Libraries.
|William Randolph Hearst|
|Hearst Private Library|
|Insert Drool Here|
I saved the best for last. Presenting possibly the most awesome private library in existence: that of entrepreneur Jay Walker. You can view the wired.com article about his library here. Among his treasures, is an original edition of the Guttenberg Bible - the first book from a printing press in history.
|3,600 Sq. feet of Awesome|
I hope you have been inspired by some awesome libraries. As for me, the focal point of mine would be my Great-Grandmother's family Bible - from 1883. Now, go build your library.