"I like a great library next my study; but for the study itself, give me a small snug place, almost entirely walled with books. There should be only one window in it, looking upon trees. Some prefer a place with few, or no books at all - nothing but a chair or a table, like Epictetus; but I should say that these were philosophers, not lovers of books, if I did not recollect that Montaigne was both. He had a study in a round tower, walled as aforesaid. It is true, one forgets one's books while writing - at least they say so. For my part, I think I have them in a sort of sidelong mind's eye; like a second thought, which is none - like a waterfall, or a whispering wind."
J.H. Leigh Hunt, My Books, another passage from The Book Lovers' Anthology: A Compendium of Writing About Books, Readers and Libraries.