Massimo Listri Offers a Look Inside the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

For centuries, libraries have existed as unrivaled realms of discovery. It’s fitting, then, that their architecture should follow suit. Such is the premise for The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries (TASCHEN), a richly illustrated book by renowned photographer Massimo Listri. The 560-page tome offers an exclusive look inside 55 libraries across 16 countries, spanning medieval, classical, baroque, rococo, and 19th-century styles. Listri’s exquisitely detailed photographs capture the library’s unique atmosphere via design details such as spiral staircases, shelf-lined corridors, and barrel-vaulted ceilings. Featured libraries include the papal collections of the Vatican Apostolic Library, Trinity College Library, and the Laurentian Library in Florence. Browse a selection of the libraries below.

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana in Rome. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Biblioteca Statale Oratoriana dei Girolamini in Naples. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Biblioteca Joanina in Coimbria, Portugal. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Biblioteca Joanina in Coimbria, Portugal. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra in Mafra, Portugal. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Rijksmuseum, Research Library in Amsterdam. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Bibliothéque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Klosterbibliothek Metten in Metten, Germany. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Klosterbibliothek Wiblingen in Ulm, Germany. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Herzogin Anna-Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar, Germany. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Stiftsbibliothek Admont in Admont, Austria. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Strahovská Knihovna in Prague. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura in Rio de Janeiro. Photography by Massimo Listri/TASCHEN.

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