778 Park Avenue, 18th floor
The details: The L-shaped library in this full-floor, four-bedroom, A-list co-op has space for hundreds of volumes and at least a couple of club chairs. Not to mention that the room also has its own terrace and a powder room.
Maintenance: $15,420 per month.
Agent: Robert Schulman, Warburg Realty.
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205 West 57th Street, Apartment 8C
The details: In this apartment at the Osborne—the building across from Carnegie Hall that once housed Bobby Short and Leonard Bernstein— two facing walls have built-in bookcases nearly thirteen feet high. “The intention of honoring the printed page is obvious,” says broker Paula Del Nunzio.
Maintenance: $4,603 per month.
Agent: Paula Del Nunzio, Brown Harris Stevens.
262 Mott Street, Apartment 203
The details: Two writers (and their kids and their books) occupy this 3,200-square-foot condo loft in a former armory. The dedicated library has bookcases that slide in place and enclose the space.
Charges and taxes: $2,463 per month.
Agent: Gabriela Winter, the Corcoran Group.
1 West 67th Street, Apartment 301
The details: A double-height ceiling lends this room monumentality usually found in libraries of the public variety. It’s in a one-bedroom duplex in the Hotel des Artistes co-op, unrenovated for decades, that has original 1916 oak paneling, plus a terrace and a heated greenhouse.
Maintenance: $2,382.72 per month.
Agents: Arthur Harris and Francesca Dricot, Halstead Property.
200 West 114th Street, Apartment 2
The details: The book nook in this South Harlem four-bedroom maisonette is snug, but there’s room for a desk or a love seat for reading by the window. Another idea: The shelves could be extended upward to the ceiling, roughly doubling their capacity.
Maintenance: $874 per month.
Agents: Debby Klein and Mark Neuwirth, Bellmarc Realty.
155 East 49th Street, Apartment 9F
The details: It’s only a studio apartment—but it’s possibly the most book-friendly one on the market. A wall of custom-built shelves dominates the room, particularly when the Murphy bed is closed up.
Maintenance: $1,360 per month.
Agent: Anju Tandon, Prudential Douglas Elliman.
67 Park Avenue, #2BC
The details: The reading room in this combination apartment sits on the southwest corner, with two exposures and views of Park Avenue. Though it’s on the second floor, the new windows cut down on noise, says listing broker Joan Kaplan. The bookcases, meticulously sponge-painted, can house between 400 to 600 books. An ensuite bathroom, plus a closet, enables it to function as a guest room in a pinch.
Maintenance: $3,948 per month.
Agent: Joan Kaplan, the Corcoran Group
105 East 16th Street, 8th floor
The details: This 4000-square-foot, four-bedroom loft near Union Square has two walls in its reading room lined with custom-made zebrawood bookcases; a ladder makes reaching for books stashed up high easy. (It’s actually slightly bigger than the master bedroom.) According to listing broker Vicki Musso, there’s enough room for a few thousand books. A wall conceals a built-in desk.
Maintenance: $4,312 per month.
Agent: Vicki Musso, the Corcoran Group
907 Fifth Avenue, Apartment 6AD
The details: The library in this 14-room co-op is no afterthought, enjoying pride of place in arguably the best spot in the apartment, next to the living room and overlooking Central Park. Broker Wendy Sarasohn, who has handled its sale three times, says it has been there through the various ownership changes.
Maintenance:$9,538 per month.
Agents: Wendy Sarasohn and Jamie Joseph, the Corcoran Group