Thibaud Poirier's photography shows Europe’s most enchanting libraries

In his project Poirier seeks to pay homage to each architect’s personal interpretation of the literary experience.

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img.0 Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1732, ©Thibaud Poirier

Over the last year, photographer Thibaud Poirier has traveled across Europe to photograph some of the world’s most incredible libraries. The series includes both historic and contemporary libraries with a special emphasis on the varied designs employed by architects. Poirier captured each image when the buildings were closed and empty of people to focus entirely on structure and layout.
img.1 Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1850, ©Thibaud Poirier

"Like fingerprints, each architect crafted his vision for a new space for this sacred self-exploration. These seemingly minute details are everywhere, from the balance of natural and artificial light to optimise reading yet preserve ancient texts to the selective use of studying tables to either foster community or encourage lonely reflection. The selection of these libraries that span space, time, style and cultures were carefully selected for each one’s unique ambiance and architectural contribution."

So far Poirier has photographed 25 libraries and says he intends to add to the series as time permits.
img.2 Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Salle Labrouste, Paris, 1868, ©Thibaud Poirier
img.3 Bibliothèque de l’Hotel de Ville de Paris, Paris, 1890, ©Thibaud Poirier
img.4 Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin, 2009, ©Thibaud Poirier
img.5 Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart, 2011, ©Thibaud Poirier
img.6 Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, Salle Jacqueline de Romilly, Paris, 1897, ©Thibaud Poirier
img.7 Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, 1728, ©Thibaud Poirier
img.8 Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, ©Thibaud Poirier

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