Spotlight on the Public Domain

On January 6, 2016, The New York Public Library enhanced access to all public domain items in Digital Collections so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.


Digital Collections Print Store

Decorative prints for purchase: choose from archival prints, framed art, stretched canvas, vintage wood, and wall murals.

Collections About New York City See More

Photographic views of New York City, 1870's-1970's, from the collections of the New York Public Library
34,749 items
Photographic views of New York City, 1870's-1970's, from the collections of the New York Public Library. Supplement.
1,569 items
New York World's Fair 1939-1940 records
13,598 items
Atlases of New York City
11,685 items
Photographs taken by inspectors of the New York City Tenement House Department
1,102 items
Streetscape and Townscape of Metropolitan New York City,1860-1942
1,382 items
Doors, NYC.
3,122 items
The Eno collection of New York City views.
708 items
Changing New York
344 items
Collection of photographs of New York City, 1931-1942]
335 items
Metropolis: New York City Water and Transit Infrastructure in Photographs
669 items
Fifth Avenue, New York, from start to finish
84 items
New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation records
86 items
Photographic negatives of the New York City Tenement House Department, 1902-1914
69 items
Street views of New York City.
69 items
New York (City) Museum of Modern Art photographs
71 items
Album of photographs showing construction of the cable road on Broadway, New York City, in 1891.
56 items
Photographic views of the construction of the New York City subway system, 1901-1905.
31 items
Album of photographs depicting the construction of the Broadway line, New York City Subway.]
27 items
"Classic Six:" New York City Apartment Building Living, 1880s-1910s
1,444 items
Portraits of immigrants at Ellis Island, New York.
14 items
Staten Island post cards
766 items
Collection of photographs of East River and Hudson River piers, Manhattan
99 items
New York City theater marquees, 1997- .
80 items
Drugstore Photographs, Or, A Trip Along the Yangtze River, 1999, by Dylan Stone
25,428 items
Collection of photographs of New York City
813 items

Nature Collections See More

pigeons, par Madame Knip, nee Pauline de Courcelles paintre d'histoire naturelle ... Le texte par ... Themminck.
88 items
Livre de divers animaux pour dessus de portes par les meilleurs maitres.
12 items
Moths and butterflies of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains; with over 400 photographic illustrations in the text and many transfers of species from life, by Sherman F. Denton
163 items
botanique mise à la porteé de tout le monde; ou, Collection des plantes d'usage dans la médecine, dans les alimens et dans les arts.
474 items
Photographs of British algae: cyanotype impressions
285 items
birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories. By John James Audubon
506 items
birds of Europe
463 items
birds of eastern North America; with original descriptions of all the species which occur east of the Mississippi River, between the Arctic circle and the Gulf of Mexico, with full notes upon their habits, etc.
33 items
Butterflies of the eastern United States and Canada, with special reference to New England. By Samuel Hubbard Scudder.
99 items
common objects of the sea shore : including hints for an aquarium
13 items
common objects of the sea shore : including hints for an aquarium.
13 items
deer of all lands; a history of the family Cervidae living and extinct, by R. Lydekker.
28 items
fishes of North America that are captured on hook and line. With eighty colored plates made from oil portraits of living fishes before their color tints had faded. By William C. Harris ... Volume I.
44 items
natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands...2nd ed.
227 items
natural history of Washington territory and Oregon, with much relating to Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Utah, and California ... being those parts of the final reports on the survey of the Northern Pacific Railroad route, relating to the natural history of
60 items
natural history of fishes of the perch family.
36 items
natural history of the amphibious carnivora, including the walrus and seals, also of the herbivorous cetacea, &c.
33 items
new and heretofore unfigured species of birds of North America.
75 items
new natural history, by Richard Lydekker ...
114 items
viviparous quadrupeds of North America
153 items
zoology of Captain Beechey's voyage
46 items
zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Samarang; under the command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher ... during the years 1843-46. By John Edward Gray ... Sir John Richardson ... Arthur Adams ... Published under the authority of the Lords' Commissioners of the Admir
2 items
Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum; quales sunt cancri, echini, echinometra, stellae marinae, &c. ut et cochlearum ... quibus accedunt conchylia, ut nautilus, cornu Ammonis, & conchae univalviae et bivalviae ... denique mineralia ...
63 items
Voyage autour du monde sur la fregate la Venus, pendant les annees 1836-1839 : publie par ordre du roi, sous les auspices du ministre de la marine
112 items
Wild animals and birds: their haunts and habits
48 items
Zoological researches in Java, and the neighbouring islands.
74 items
Zoology of New York; or, The New York fauna [Series: Natural history of New York]
336 items
Butterflies of North America.
161 items
Cabinet du petit naturaliste, par Mad. D*** ...
14 items
Catalogue of the chiroptera. By G.E. Dobson.
31 items

Explore Further

Here are some other ways you can access and engage with digital content at NYPL and beyond

Digital Collections Print Store

Decorative prints for purchase: choose from archival prints, framed art, stretched canvas, vintage wood, and wall murals.

NYPL Archives and Manuscripts

Contains finding aids for over 10,000 unique collections (digitized and non-digitized) in almost every conceivable format.

Prints & Photographs Catalog

The online catalog of The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

NYPL Digital Collections API

The Library's digitized collections are available as machine-readable data: over 1 million objects and records for you to search, crawl and compute.

Digital Public Library of America

Brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

NYPL Map Warper

Browse and download NYPL's digital maps, and align historic maps with the geography of today.

Building Inspector

A tool where you can help unlock New York City's past by identifying buildings and other details on beautiful old maps.


A tool for creating and sharing 3D images from stereograph collections.

What's On The Menu?

A tool for transcribing historical restaurant menus.

Community Oral History Project

An initiative underway at NYPL branch libraries that aims to document, preserve, and celebrate the rich history of the New York's unique neighborhoods.


Help reconstruct theater history by transcribing old New York City playbills.

Andre Studios 1930-1941

Fashion Drawings & Sketches in the Collections of FIT and the New York Public Library.

HathiTrust Digital Library

A partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.