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HA! There’s no such thing as an “impossible” amount of books in one’s flat. They can go under your bed, replace your chairs, insulate your walls… You can have a small upper platform for book storage, cabinets, fake partitions… I’ve been in small flats that would put many libraries to shame.
Of course, it’s just another fetish, and (as you say) an obsolete one at that. Most of those books will inevitably be pulp, or “Acts from XXVII Congress of Applied Bohemian Psychomasturbation”, but they WILL occupy any available space, and be preserved “just in case I have to look it up in a few weeks/months/years”. Books are fantastically modular outlets for hoarding tendencies.