NYPL public domain data

Posted to Data Sources  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

The New York Public Library just made over 180,000 digital items in the public domain available for high resolution download, and the data for those items is free to download too.

Did you know that nearly one-third of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain — that is, they have been designated as having no known U.S. copyright restrictions? This means that everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. To help you explore, visualize, and repurpose these items, we’ve gathered all of their metadata into a single data release.

You can also browse the items by century of creation, genre, and color with this explorer by Brian Foo of NYPL Labs.

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