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Color Our Collections

Color Our Collections is a creative collaboration among libraries, archives, and museums to help share their rare, special collections materials with the world. Emerging from the adult coloring craze, this campaign has run in February for the past five years, and each year the coloring books are better than the last.

Coloring books from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library include some of our favorite plates from our rare books related to botany, landscape design, and horticulture. From seed and nursery catalogs to elephant folios, these images are free to use, reuse, and color to your heart’s content.

The New York Academy of Medicine developed and organizes this campaign each year. Find out more on their website here. For additional coloring books related to biodiversity, check out this selection of coloring books from the Biodiversity Heritage Library here.

Download or print out these collections and channel your inner artist with your own color palette.

Color Our Collections 2020

Color Our Collections 2019

Color Our Collections 2018

Color Our Collections 2017

Want to color digitally? Save these images to your mobile device or desktop so you can use markup tools to color and create. Share your masterpiece with #nybg #ColorOurCollections