The New York Public Library has put its image database online, free for anyone to view. Here is what they have to say about it. “NYPL Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library’s new image database, developed to provide free and open online access to thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of the Research Libraries. Spanning a wide range of visual media, NYPL Digital Gallery offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of the Research Libraries, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences.”
I have been browsing already and it’s pretty cool. This is the kind of thing that I think many thought about when the Internet was first coming online. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if (fill in the blank) were available at your fingertips?