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Spotlight on the Public Domain


Learn about NYPL's Public Domain Release. Discover the collections and find inspiration for using them in your own research, teaching, and creative practice.

How We Expand Access to Our Public Domain

Learn how the work of the Copyright and Information Policy team contributed to the recent public domain release, and continues to expand access to our collections.Read More ›

A Trivial Blog Post for Serious People

An unassuming black notebook contains the earliest draft of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, written by hand and with the author’s frequent emendations.Read More ›

Color Our Collections February 1-5

Download our coloring sheets and share your creations using #colorourcollections this week.Read More ›

Famous Literary Locales, Visualized

Public domain images from Digital Collections that remind us of classic books.Read More ›

Ride the Staten Island Railway Through the Public Domain

What better way to discover these Staten Island materials then by taking a historic trip down the Staten Island Railroad, starting at St. George and traveling all the way down to Tottenville. All aboard!Read More ›

The Bronx in the Public Domain

Did you know that out of 180,000 public domain images, over 2,000 are from the Bronx? This post will highlight some the treasures from this incredible gold mine of historic images that are now free to use.Read More ›

Public Domain Theater: The Black Crook

This month, thanks to the Library’s release of all of our high resolution photographs of objects with no known U.S. copyright restrictions, the promptbook, the sheet music, and the photos may be used without restriction for any purpose, including commercially.Read More ›

Using Public Domain Materials in the Classroom

Take a look at these ideas for integrating specific tools, items and collections into lesson plans for students of various ages. Read More ›

2,000 Public Domain Prints Available From the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

The Dance Division collects "prints depicting dance," covering a wide range of subjects, including portraits of dancers, dance performances and rehearsals, spectacle and horse ballet, advertisements showing dance, and satire. Here are a few favorites from the public domain.Read More ›

Bed, Bath and Flying Machines: Highlights from SIBL's Public Domain Collection

There are 2,000 images from the Science, Industry and Business collection in the recent public domain release. Here is some of what you can find.Read More ›

#nyplremix: Get Creative With the Public Domain

What can I use to make things with public domain images? What collections should I know about if I am interested in making things?Read More ›

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

We are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse! Read More ›

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