A Look Inside Europe’s Most Captivating Libraries by 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. From his statement about the project:

Like fingerprints, each architect crafted his vision for this sacred self-exploration for a new space. These minute details are from the balance of artificial and natural light to optimize reading yet preserve ancient texts to the selective use of studying tables to either foster community or encourage lonely reflection.

So far Poirier has photographed 25 libraries and says he intends to add to the series as time permits. If you liked this, also check out his Berlin Interiors series.