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It looks like your closet is around 6' across and perhaps 12' tall. With that narrow a space, how about having the ladder lean diagonally across the front of the shelves (e.g. top-left to bottom-right in your picture)? You could have a hanger or ledger board across the wall to the left of the shelves, with the top of the ladder hooked over the board and ...
Kits are available for constructing sliding ladders; I plan to set ip one or two in my library. Try a good woodworking supply house. Don't expect it to be cheap, but a few hundred should do it.
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