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14 Secret Bookcase Doors You Wish You Had In Your House

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ~ Franz Kafka

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2. A "Wait, there's more!" sliding layers one


Aside from space-saving convenience, these are just so darn cool. You could secret away your most valuable tomes on the inner shelves.

Get yours custom made from the Russian design firm ShkoM.

3. A James Bond-like style


Goofy outdated computer? What goofy outdated computer? All that's here is a bookcase. (Or, fabulous book collection? What fabulous book collection? All that's here is this goofy outdated computer). Get yours from Watson Mills Design.

4. The real "Downton Abbey"

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Highclere Castle is the real "Downton Abbey," where a hidden door leads from the library into the Music Room. But wouldn't you automatically guess there's a door there when you hear music on the other side of the door?

5. A public library one you can rotate with your own hands

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, CA boasts a secret rotating bookcase. One side of the shelf is stocked with faux mystery books, the other side with current popular-fiction titles. It's one of many sculptural features in the library from the public art collection to inspire readers by artist Mel Chin.'s located in the (Circulating Books Section on the ground floor)

7. Hidden in this haunted Gothic library

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Here you see a corner of Felbrigg Hall library in Norwich. The spectre of former resident William Windham III is said to appear in this dark and shadowy Gothic library. He's been spotted standing by a table when his favorite volumes were laid out.

You can visit Felbrigg Hall Library in Norwich and try to glimpse the secret bookcase door (and possibly the apparition of William Windham III) for just a small fee.

8. A Kafkaesque one

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Oooooh...I'd love to peek behind the rotating hidden door bookcase at the Franz Kafka Society in Prague.

Students and researchers can come to use the library, part of which is tucked behind the rotating bookcase door.

9. This one inside a castle

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A secret bookcase door inside a castle library...(as if a library in a castle was not cool enough without a secret door)! This is the library at Tullynally Castle. It's the private collection of Thomas Pakenham who currently lives there and has opened up the gardens and tearooms to the public.

You can catch a glimpse of his library by appointment.

10. Inside the study of a famous author

Original photo by Roger Vaughan (to which I've cropped and highlighted the door) / Via Flickr: visitkent

This is Charles Dickens' study in Higham, Kent, England where the secret bookcase door is highlighted. Dickens ordered a set of imitation book spines from a London bookbinder, who fabricated mock books with fake titles for the door.

Notable fake titles: The Life of a Cat (in nine volumes) and Jonah’s Account of the Whale.

You can see the secret bookcase door in person by visiting his home called Gad's Hill Place, plus the admission price includes tea and cake!

12. This one also in a monastery

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Concave secret bookcase door + antique books + monastery environment = awesome. This secret bookcase door is inside Admont Abbey Library in Admont, Austria. I see a staircase there, I wonder where it leads?

14. A life-saving one

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Anne Frank wrote in her now famous diary: August 21, 1942: “Now our Secret Annex has truly become secret...Mr. Kugler thought it would be better to have a bookcase built in front of the entrance to our hiding place. It swings out on its hinges and opens like a door."

Pictured is the secret bookcase door (refurbished) which kept safe Anne Frank. Take a virtual tour of the Secret Annex here.

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