This Austin couple has your dream library filled with 10,000 books

It’s a book lover’s paradise.

Melba Whatley and her husband, Ted, have more than 10,000 books in their personal library in their Tarrytown home. Yeah, you read that right. Ten. Thousand.

According to Texas Monthly, their library is 2,400 square feet with multiple 10-shelf bookcases. And of course, since they’re so tall, there’s a sliding ladder so you can glide around like Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” 

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Whatley said her husband is a history teacher with a large collection of history books and biographies, and her collection was mainly fiction and art. Balance is great in a relationship. 

You can see photos of the couple’s incredible at-home library here.


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