187,000 Free Hi-Res Images To Use As You Wish

The New York Public Library is currently working on a project to digitize its collection, and has amassed some 187,000 high-resolution images so far.  And in a welcome altruistic gesture, it's made the entire collection available online.  
It's royalty-free, copyright-free, and you can browse and download the images as you wish.  So whether you want an illustration for a project, or you just want to peruse some stunning artworks without having to leave your web browser, it's now possible and won't cost you a cent.

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OK, you go to "visualize the public collection" (http://publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization/) and it should load (finally) a huge thumbnail of all the thousands of scans. You can sort by genre, collection, or color. Pick one and you get a bigger thumbnail, all the info on it, and several resolution download selections. The "all download options" might have 6 different sizes. "Larger" is 2560 pixels, plenty big for me even after zooming in, and it's 6 or 8 megabytes.

Nice one, I ended up with a 14MB TIFF. Thanks :)

Be nice if there was some sort of front end for search.

(Yeah, yeah - i want jam on it...)

I agree that this is an excellent resource but take note that only low-res images are available for free. You have to pay to download high-res versions.

I downloaded humungous sized ones for free. You can order prints though.

Really? Could you share an example link please? Or is there some menu or button option we're missing?

Huge collection, nice find Rob.

I don't see any hi-res though, all my test downloads were 72dpi and max size 760px. Did I miss something?

This is a trend that is becoming more popular among museums and libraries with each passing year and with the favorable reception from the public I expect we will see more collections being offered as it's a win/win situation for all involved.