Beautiful homes for bookworms

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    For old-school book lovers, the home library is as much a statement of who they are as people as a place to store books. And some of these bibliophiles have seriously inventive, stunning libraries.

    In Connecticut, Jay Walker's three-story Library of the History of Human Imagination features enormously valuable items, including one of the seven surviving Sputnik satellites and a Gutenberg Bible. It also has one-of-a-kind architectural details, like stairs modeled after the artwork of M.C. Escher.

    In London and Thessaloniki, Greece, architects turned bookcases -- usually imagined as built-in or freestanding pieces of furniture -- into multi-purpose home features (specifically a staircase and a sunken book walkway) that provide storage, but also extra space for living.

    Australian architects and eco-designers in Melbourne came up with a way to transform recycled wood into hip and functional room dividers that provide homeowners with stylish and easy access to reading materials without increasing their environmental footprint.

    Here are eight properties that show how books can change homes for the better.

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