Weird History This Photographer Captured History's Most Jaw-Dropping Libraries In Stunning Detail  

Mick Jacobs
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Photographer Thibaud Poirier loves a good local library, and you probably will too after seeing his remarkable library photography series. A wonderful intersection of literature and architecture, Poirier's library photography reveals how these public spaces function as more than just the place where you pick up Nora Roberts's or James Patterson's latest work. Poirier traveled to various countries across Europe, capturing beautiful photos of library books and the illuminating institutions that house them. Thibaud Poirier's Instagram features this library series alongside Poirier's own travels, which take him to all corners of the world. 

Poirier's library series also doubles as a study in lighting and ambiance, his photos highlighting the atmosphere as much as they do the appearance of these grand bibliotecas. These worldly libraries appear all across Europe, each a different expression of information and reflection. Like artistic miniature models of trench warfare, Poirier's work serves as much to educate as it does to appeal to your visual senses. These libraries are all sorts of fine – and not the kind you usually associate with them.

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Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland


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Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin, Germany


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La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France


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Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal


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