The primer is the key, Kirk. I prefer Zinsser B-I-N but you can also use their 1-2-3 or comparable Kilz products. If you have a clear film finish like shellac or lacquer on the wood, scuff sand first with 150 grit paper, then Vacuum and tack rag the dust off. Then the primer sealer. After that, you can apply about any kind of paint that you would like. If it was I, I would use an acrilic latex for scuff resistance and let it dry very well before you try to store books in it.