National Library Week

National Library Week: Great Success!

The National Library Week (NLW) was first sponsored in the US by the National Library Association in 1958. I know and observe Saint Patrick’s Day and Halloween but I only discovered the NLW this year thanks to a post on Facebook. NLW occurance is a great week because everybody can have the possibility to full and free access to knowledge.

People Love Culture

In honor of the NLW 27,000+ books have been made available for free at Fortunately the response by the users to the 27,000+ books made available was really high, people love culture especially when is free, but the site crashed and many sections of still give the 404 error. An other example is the case of Oxford University Press that had a huge response to the promotion with record high site traffic, but unfortunately had also detected suspicious site traffic behavior so they ended the free access period two days early.

This is my first post in the Freebie category therefore I will stop blabla and here is a collection of 1,000,000+ images put into the public domain by The British Library.

Black and white pictures and illustrations from The British Library collection on Flickr free to reuse & remix:

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Title: “Christmas Books. [With plates.]”, “Single Works. Christmas Books” Author: Dickens, Charles

A hero - Bal Bahadur [Brighton, England]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.

A hero – Bal Bahadur [Brighton, England]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.

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Some N.C.O.s & men of the 57th Rifles [Estaires La Bassée Road, France]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.

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Image taken from page 287 of ‘[The Great Condé and the period of the Fronde. A historical sketch.]’

Other free cultural and educational media can be found at

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By Flaviano Tarducci


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