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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

How I'd imagine the library inside the tardis

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