These images are some of the most beautiful libraries in the world, captured by a photographer who traveled around the world to see the impressive architecture.
The 30 years of Massimo Listri's search of the most exquisite sites of the word have taken him to the medieval chambers and to the great libraries of the 19th century, covered with mahogany that illuminates the room, as well as solid galleries with marble columns.
Others have large statues, balloons, large mezzanines, ornate chandeliers and gold installations on the ceiling with thousands of books lined with golden-edged pillars.
The photographer, from Florence, Italy, said that everything about these great places attracts him, from the simple smell of dust, leather and wood to the pleasure of opening an old book.
Massimo's travels have taken him to places such as Trinity College, Dublin, home of the Book of Kells, the oldest library in Naples, a monastery in Austria and extensive research facilities located throughout Europe.
Other places have welcomed the tastes of baroque salons and even bats, which protect books from damage caused by insects.
Vatican Apostolic Library – The Vatican Library – in Rome, Italy, has about 1.1 million printed books and was built by Pope Nicholas V in 1475 to attract pilgrims and scholars to the city
The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was founded in 1837 by a group of 43 Portuguese immigrants and political refugees to promote culture among the Portuguese community of the city.
Biblioteca Comunale, Fermo, Italy, dates from 1758. The photographer Massimo Listri said: "Libraries are different from all other architectural interiors because they contain books".
El Escorial Library, Madrid, Spain, was founded in 1565 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the real Spanish sites, it functions as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university, school and hospital
The Wiblingen Abbey library in Germany was founded in 1093 by Count Hartmann and Otto von Kirchberg. Former Benedictine Abbey, it was later used as a barracks and now houses several departments of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ulm.
The Codrington Library is part of All Souls College, a constituent university of the University of Oxford. Nicholas Hawksmoor began designing the library in 1716 and contains some 185,000 books and manuscripts.
Library of Mafra Convent, in Mafra, Portugal. Construction began in 1717 and after being completed in 1755, it was finally classified as a National Monument in 1910.
Saint Emmerams Abbey in Germany, was a Benedictine monastery founded around 739 in Regensburg, Bavaria. Massimo Listri added: "For me they are the most beautiful environments in the world, where, in addition to being an object of beauty at a glance, there is the substance of knowledge"
Library Statale Oratoriana dei Girolamini in Naples, which is the oldest library in the Italian city and has been open to the public since 1566. It is the second oldest in Italy after the Malatestiana in Cesena
Seitenstetten Abbey Library in Austria, on the site of a monastery was founded in 1112. Massimo Listri added: "I have photographed architecture since I was 18 years old and I am a bibliophile." These two things together led me to make the book about libraries. live in a library
The library Stiftsbibliothek Kremsmunster in Kremsmunster, Austria, was founded in 777 by Tassilo III, the Duke of Bavaria, apparently at the site where his son, Gunther, had been attacked and killed by a boar during a hunting trip. The library of the monastery was built between 1680 and 1689 and contains about 160,000 volumes
Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve is a public and university library in Paris, France, which inherited the collection of the Abbey of St Genevieve. The library contains around 2 million documents and was the inspiration for the Boston Public Library
The Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain, houses valuable archival documents that illustrate the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987.
Photographer Massimo Listri traveled around the world to capture some of the most beautiful libraries in the world during his 30-year search. Massimo's book, The most beautiful libraries in the world, will be launched this year