Custom bookcase


in Books and literature, Geek stuff, Massey College, Toronto

In the Massey College room where I lived for three years (V:4, best room in the college), there was a sumptuous abundance of shelf space: two shelves extending the entire long axis of the room (probably 20′ of shelving each), plus this shelving unit between the office and bedroom areas.

Now, my generally excellent new third story room near Bloor and Bathurst is cluttered with at least 16 bankers boxes full of books, plus about 100 more books stacked in various piles. To ameliorate the situation, I am ordering a custom-fitted bookshelf from Inova in Toronto — 7’6″ tall, reaching from the floor to the edge of the ceiling moulding, and 5′ wide, stretching from a kink in a radiator pipe to the edge of the radiator itself. Since they are custom building it (in two pieces, to navigate our awkward staircase), it will be about a month until delivery, but it should be a major permanent improvement to the room for me and whoever resides here after.

The case probably won’t offer quite as much shelving as my Massey room, but it will be an enormous improvement visually, in terms of movement within the space, and in terms of access to books which I frequently wish to reference, especially as the development of my thesis continues.

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Milan June 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

My pre-Massey Toronto abode, shared with a U of T polisci phd student, had a lot of space but was both sketchy and very noisy.

alena June 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm

I am so excited for you.

Milan June 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Here it is full.

I’ve basically reached the limit of space, but there is a fair bit in there that’s non-essential. I will continue relegating books of less value to other storage as I finish books that I want to retain for easy access and lending.

I would love to set up an automated book library system where I can scan a barcode and assign a book to a friend for a set period, with automated email reminders to hang onto it by all means if you’re actively reading it but to please return it otherwise.

The same system might be able to handle some of my unpaid photography bills…

. January 26, 2022 at 3:59 pm

‘Shelfies,’ not selfies, provide personal insight and encourage bookshelf therapy

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