8 Literary Shower Curtains to Make Your Bathroom Look Like a Library

I have, in my head, a dream bathroom.

There’s a giant tub in it, lots of fluffy towels, good lighting (but not so good that I can see every single one of my pores), waterproof shelves near the tub so I can read in the bath, speakers for my iPhone so I can listen to audiobooks, and… that’s where my vision stops short, because I want bookshelves in this dream bathroom, but I know keeping books in a bathroom is a terrible idea.

But what if you could keep your books in an appropriately dry room while seeming to have a library in your bathroom?

The Internet has the answer: shower curtains.

Bookshelves, piles of books, close-ups of spines; there are so many options to make your bathroom bookish without endangering your actual books. (Or your health, because mold is no joke.)

A word of caution: Some of these curtains are decorative and require liners! I will do my best to warn you, but do your research before you buy any of them.

At $20, this is one of the least expensive shower curtains, but it’s also the one that looks just like a bookshelf. If you’ve got a half-bath, this is a great way to hide it, and bonus, if you use it that way, it means you have a false bookshelf in your home, and that brings you one step closer to being Batman.

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Or maybe you don’t want a realistic bookshelf and are really into cats. If so, this adorable shower curtain is awesome. (Also, it’s pretty inexpensive at $17.)

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Or maybe you’re not a shelf person, and you’re more of a pile of books person. That’s cool. There’s a shower curtain for that. (But be warned: it’s one of those fancy ones that requires you to purchase a liner separately.)

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Or maybe you like your books stacked, but neatly. (Also requires a liner.)

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Perhaps you’d like your vintage book spines to be as tall as a person. Etsy’s got you covered, because of course it does. (This one requires a liner, too.)


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And here’s another big-spine shower curtain with slightly more modern books. The shop, MayaRedPhotography, allows you to choose one of their book photographs for this curtain. (Also requires a liner.)


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Etsy store ApplesandSpindles has a lot of book spine shower curtains, including some showcasing specific genres and authors, but as a person who once organized her bookshelves by color (I know, I’m a heathen) this mint curtain appeals to me most. (This one requires a liner.)


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Steampunk fan? Check this shower curtain out. (This one requires a liner.)

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A.J. O'Connell: A.J. O’Connell is the author of two published novellas: Beware the Hawk and The Eagle & The Arrow. All she’s ever wanted to do in life is read and write books, and so, is constantly writing at least one novel. She holds an MFA in creative fiction, but despite the best efforts of her teachers at Fairfield University's low-residency program, remains a huge dork for sci-fi, fantasy and comic books. She is a journalist and has taught journalism to college students. She blogs about feminism, the writing life, and whatever else comes into her head at www.ajoconnell.com. Blog: A.J. O'Connell Twitter: @ann_oconnell