Free Coloring Books from 101 World-Class Libraries and Museums: Download and Color Hundreds of Free Images


Free and downloadable coloring books for adults that the New York Academy of Medicine solicits from museums and state and university libraries for its #ColorOurCollections The celebration of each February enlivens our month far more than any Valentine’s Day or President’s Day sale.

They are not only a great way to get through the last breath of winter. They are also a wonderful portal to discover cultural institutions that have so far escaped our radar, due to their size, geography and/or field of study.

It is up to each institution to determine what – and how much – to include.

A little color inside the lines sticking to the subject they are best known for. Most take a more mixed approach, throwing a variety of fascinating and unrelated images on the wall and seeing what sticks.

Some offers are only one page. Others will make you carry your pencils to the tips.

With 101 participating organizations, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Maybe we can help…

Medicine is your thing?

If so, you’re in luck. In our opinion, this is the most popular subject, although it covers a wide range, from line drawings of flowering medicinal plants to the reproduction of a 1998 American Society of Anesthesiologists Coloring Book for pediatric patients, to flayed corpses and harrowing surgical vignettes from centuries past.

The pages below are compliments of Stanford Center for Medical History Lane LibraryMcGill University Osler Library of History of Medicineand Truhlsen-Marmor Eye Museumthe only free public museum dedicated to the fascinating science of sight.

Is architecture more your area of ​​interest?

Glessner House, Western Universityand the University of Barcelona have plans for you!

Does coloring make you nostalgic for childhood?

the South Carolina State Librarythe University of Calgaryand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee did you cover charming illustrations of Fairy Tales and Wonderful Stories by Hans Andersen, Dr. Dolittle’s Circus, and Heroes of Kalevala

Only have a few minutes to spare…or a preschooler needs simpler graphics?

We understand, and Toulouse Jean Jaures Universitythe Municipal library of Soissonsand the Harvard Art Museums.

It’s always a joy to see who’s behind the most bizarre image of the year.

This year, our vote goes to Mazarine Librarythe oldest public library in France, but do not hesitate to suggest other candidates in the comments

To start your coloring book explorations of 2022 here. Find out how others have colored these pages by exploring the #ColorOurCollections hashtag on social media.

2022 Participating Institutions

New York Academy of Medicine Library

AIA Nashville Society and Nashville Parthenon

American Geographical Society Library – UW Milwaukee

Library of the University of Zaragoza

Interuniversity Health Library – University of Paris

Free Fields Library

Study and conservation library of Besançon

The Mazarine Library

Épinal intermunicipal multimedia library

Municipal library of Soissons

National Library of France

The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University Libraries)

Burylin Ivanovo Local History Museum

Belgorod District Central Children’s Library

Centralna pravosodna knjižnica – Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia Central Judicial Library

CEP Santa Cruz de Tenerife

CollEx Iberian Studies, Toulouse Jean Jaurès University

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

CRAI Library of the University of Barcelona

Denver Botanical Gardens

DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University

Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives

Eton College Library


Fairfield University Art Museum

Philadelphia Free Library Special Collections Division

Gladstone Library

Glessner House

Harley-Davidson Archives

Harvard Art Museums

Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts

Jeleniogórskie Centrum Informacji i Edukacji Regionalnej Książnica Karkonoska

Kentucky Historical Society

Leonard H.Ax Library, State University of Pittsburgh

Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary

Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Library of Virginia

National Art Museum of Lithuania

Maine State Library

Mann Library, Cornell University

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Abraham Pollen Archives

Massachusetts General Hospital Archives and Special Collections

McGill Library (Osler Library of History of Medicine)

Jacques-Chirac media library, Troyes Champagne Métropole

Mediatheque Pierre-Amalric

Medical Heritage Library

Chilean memory

Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna w Sosnowcu

Moody Medical Library

Museum of the Order of Saint John

Plantin-Moretus Museum

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

New Jersey State Chamber

Norfolk Arts

North Carolina Art Museum

Northern Illinois University


Princeton University Library

Providence College Archives and Special Collections, Phillips Memorial Library

Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, Davenport Public Library

Robert C. Williams Papermaking Museum

Royal College of Physicians of London

Royal Horticultural Society Libraries

Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives

Saint Francis de Sales Parish Archives Coloring Book 2022

Seton Hall University Libraries

SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

South Carolina State Library

Stanford Center for Medical History, Lane Library

Stanford University Libraries

State Universal Scientific Library of the Krasnoyarsk Territory

Stratford Hall

Sub-Carpathian Digital Library

Swedenborg Library at Bryn Athyn College

Toronto Public Library

Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Truhlsen-Marmor Eye Museum

UCC Library, University College Cork

University of British Columbia Library

University of California San Francisco Archives and Special Collections

University of Dayton Libraries

University of Illinois at Chicago Special Collections and University Archives

University of Kansas Libraries

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign University Library

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

University of Nevada, Department of Special Collections and Reno University Archives

University of Perpignan Via Domitia

University of South Florida Libraries

University of Waterloo Special Collections and Archives

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections

US Department of the Interior Museum

Villa Bernasconi

Washington State Library

Western University Archives and Special Collections

West Virginia and Regional History Center

William L. Clements Library

Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago

Wood Library-Museum of Anaesthesiology

Yaroslavl Regional Universal Scientific Library named after NA Nekrasov

Ayun Halliday is the chief primatologist of East Village Inky zine and author, most recently, of Creative, Not Famous: The Little Potato Manifesto. Am here @AyunHalliday.


About Author

Comments are closed.