Over a million British Library copyright free images now available

British Library copyright free Christmas image

I’d like to wish everyone Happy Holidays from Over there to Here as well as let you know that there are now over a million British Library copyright free images available online.

Christmas image British Library preparing the feastThe British Library released these images recently onto Flickr Commons for “anyone to use, remix and repurpose.” They’re all scanned from 17th, 18th and 19th century books. Microsoft digitized the images and then allowed the British Library to release them back into the Public Domain.  The British Library wrote about the illustrations available in their 12 December 2013 post  a million first steps. Most of these million plus British Library copyright free illustrations have not been categorized yet so you may need to look through the Flickr photostream to find something you like.

British Library Public Domain Father Christmas

Holly Mistletoe British Library Flickr CC image

For information on the Public Domain copyright have a look here.  I’d also like to thank the British Library for these Creative Commons Christmas scenes.

Sleigh Scene British LibraryHappy Holidays! Happy New Year!






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  1. Happy holidays Kriss. These archives are fabulous and will inspire my next piece of art for sure. if you ever read Giles cartoons or Rupert Bear let me know what you think of my latest Pug painting.

  2. Charly Dove says:

    What a lovely post Kriss. I didn’t know about this so wonderful to hear these have been made available. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

  3. How lovely of you to share. I hope you had a great Christmas.

  4. How fantastic – thank you so much for letting us all know about these! A very Merry Christmas to you.

  5. I love the vintage art work. Thanks for sharing!