Aren't libraries just magical? The peaceful silence, the mysteries of hundreds of books, the smell of them... And if the library itself is a Baroque architecture masterpiece it sure helps to increment the fascination. In case that your community hasn't been blessed with a local library resembling the one in Hogwarts, we can offer a picture list of the most beautiful ones for you to dwell on.

Italian artist Massimo Listri has traveled around the world capturing the beauty of the most famous libraries. The chosen institutions, revered for their historical value, architectural relevance and preciousness of the books they keep, are standalone works of art. For those lucky enough to visit these design marvels, spending a whole day at the library doesn't sound so bad!

Most of these ornate bibliothecas aren't open for civic uses, so Listri's pictures can take you on tour to those kept from the public eye. From Gothic architecture halls to gilded public libraries, these magnificent establishments can leave you in awe.

Scroll down and let your bibliophile side marvel at the charm the likes of which only these libraries can offer!

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#1 Baroque Architecture Library Of Saint Gall, Gallen, Switzerland

Baroque Architecture Library Of Saint Gall, Gallen, Switzerland

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Dian Ella Lillie 7 months ago

Books and baroque - it's like being in heaven...

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#2 Palace Of Mafra Library, Mafra, Portugal

Palace Of Mafra Library, Mafra, Portugal

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Ashlyn Krell 7 months ago

I kind of like the artistic license that is being taken in the photos. At the same time, I don't want people to think this is exactly what they'll see if they went there in person: http://lisbonlovers.com/page.php?p=278&cat=

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#3 Famous Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Famous Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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diane a 7 months ago

How come all the books are roped off??

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#4 Metten Abbey Library, Metten, Germany

Metten Abbey Library, Metten, Germany

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Night Owl 7 months ago

Imagine having to dust it

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#5 Library Of Fermo, Fermo, Italy

Library Of Fermo, Fermo, Italy

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diane a 7 months ago

Beautiful - love the globe

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#6 Royal Portuguese Cabinet Of Reading, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Royal Portuguese Cabinet Of Reading, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Emma B 7 months ago

This looks like something out of Beauty and the Beast!

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#7 Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

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Night Owl 7 months ago

So bright and colorful!

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#8 Sainte-Geneviève Public Library, Paris, France

Sainte-Geneviève Public Library, Paris, France

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Pillow 7 months ago

My dream come true!

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#9 Riccardian Library, Firenze, Italy

Riccardian Library, Firenze, Italy

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Eva Bryson 7 months ago

Now that looks like a library that's used.

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#10 Seitenstetten Abbey Library, Seitenstetten, Austria

Seitenstetten Abbey Library, Seitenstetten, Austria

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Julianna Metz-Root 7 months ago

How I'd imagine the library inside the tardis

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#11 Library Of The Monastery Of San Francisco, Peru, South America

Library Of The Monastery Of San Francisco, Peru, South America

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Kristine Phillips 7 months ago

They look like spell books.

#12 Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

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Eva Bryson 7 months ago

Love the old wood floors!

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#13 Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic

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Gvantsa Jugheli 7 months ago

l would live here

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#14 National Library Of St Mark's, Venice, Italy

National Library Of St Mark's, Venice, Italy

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Eva Bryson 7 months ago

Finally! Someone who's actually using the library!

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#15 Marucelliana Library, Florence, Italy

Marucelliana Library, Florence, Italy

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Night Owl 7 months ago

I wonder how old the furniture and everything else is

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#16 Escorial Library, Madrid, Spain

Escorial Library, Madrid, Spain

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#17 Admont Abbey Library, Admont, Austria

Admont Abbey Library, Admont, Austria

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#18 Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Weimar, Germany

Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Weimar, Germany

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Grumble O'Pug 7 months ago

Stop with the photoshop!!!! It adds nothing.

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#19 Saint Emmeram's Abbey Library, Regensburg, Germany

Saint Emmeram's Abbey Library, Regensburg, Germany

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#20 Ottobeuren Abbey Library, Ottobeuren, Germany

Ottobeuren Abbey Library, Ottobeuren, Germany

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#21 Melk Abbey Library, Melk, Austria

Melk Abbey Library, Melk, Austria

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Grumble O'Pug 7 months ago

NOPE. Take your fingers off the photoshop.

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#22 State Library Oratoriana Girolami, Napoli, Italy

State Library Oratoriana Girolami, Napoli, Italy

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#23 Joanina Library, Coimbra, Portugal

Joanina Library, Coimbra, Portugal

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Markus Holstein 3 months ago

They keep bats in this one to get rid of bugs that might harm the books

#24 Codrington Library, Oxford, Uk

Codrington Library, Oxford, Uk

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#25 Palatina Library, Parma Italy

Palatina Library, Parma Italy

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Rooh Bear 4 months ago

The library in Reno Nevada is also very nice...

#26 Library Of Duke D'aumale, Sicily, Italy

Library Of Duke D'aumale, Sicily, Italy

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Aurélien DavPat 7 months ago

The Duke library is in France, in the Chantilly castle about an houre frome Paris. I have been myself, I think if I had have to made the journey to sicily I would have notice.

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#27 Padula Charterhouse Library, Padula, Italy

Padula Charterhouse Library, Padula, Italy

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Eva Bryson 7 months ago

Hope they're planning on restoring that patch of ceiling.

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#28 General Archive Of The Indies, Seville, Spain

General Archive Of The Indies, Seville, Spain

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cwa92464 7 months ago

A little overexposed...I have been in this one

#29 Palafoxiana Library, Puebla, Mexico

Palafoxiana Library, Puebla, Mexico

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#30 Braidense National Library, Milan, Italy

Braidense National Library, Milan, Italy

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#31 Academy Of Science, Torino, Italy

Academy Of Science, Torino, Italy

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Phi 7 months ago

Bella!

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#32 Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

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#33 Vatican Apostolic Library, Vatican City

Vatican Apostolic Library, Vatican City

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Cat on a bike 7 months ago (edited)

Yeah the secret library is what I want to see, not the public one... So much information behind locked doors.

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#34 Palermo Public Library, Palermo, Italy

Palermo Public Library, Palermo, Italy

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#35 The Crociera Library, Rome, Italy

The Crociera Library, Rome, Italy

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Night Owl 7 months ago

If you move things a little bit you could play chess o the ground :)

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#36 Taipei Public Library, Taipei City, Taiwan

Taipei Public Library, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Night Owl 7 months ago

The geometry and order loving part of me loves this

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#37 Corsiniana Library, Rome, Italy

Corsiniana Library, Rome, Italy

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Kenny Kulbiski 7 months ago

Are those card files? I thought they were extinct.

#38 Casanata Library, Rome, Italy

Casanata Library, Rome, Italy

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Eva Bryson 7 months ago

I think the windows would look better without the drapes.

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#39 Vallicelliana Library, Rome, Italy

Vallicelliana Library, Rome, Italy

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#40 Palazzo Altieri Library, Rome, Italy

Palazzo Altieri Library, Rome, Italy

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Night Owl 7 months ago

The throne or balcony or whatever almost looks like it's floating

#41 Public Library Of Imola, Imola, Italy

Public Library Of Imola, Imola, Italy

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Margaret Lee 4 months ago

They are beautiful, but, personally, I love all the small town libraries where I have spent hundreds of hours, with so many dedicated librarians!

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