Parisian photographer Thibaud Poirier pays tribute to the most impressive libraries around the world in an impressive photo series that will make you want to ditch Wikipedia and thumb through a real encyclopaedia instead.

Captured while devoid of people, Poirier highlights these libraries’ sumptuous architecture and interiors. From Rome’s Biblioteca Casanatense (1701) to Stuttgart’s Stadbibliothek (2011), we see how these temples of knowledge and silence have not only stood their ground throughout the years, but evolved with the times as well. So far there are 25 libraries in the collection, but Poirier hopes to add more in the future.

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Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome, 1701

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Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, 1728

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Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1732

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Palàcio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, 1755

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Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1850

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Salle Labrouste, Paris, 1868

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El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, 1919

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Bibliothèque de l’Hotel de Ville de Paris, Paris, 1890

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Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, Salle Jacqueline de Romilly, Paris, 1897

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Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin, 2009

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Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart, 2011

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Images © Thibaud Poirier