Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection & Creative Commons

Folger Shakespeare LibraryThe Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, D.C., is “home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art …”

The big news is that images from the Folger’s Digital Image Collection are now licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International License, one of the two Creative Commons licenses approved for free cultural works. The image collection provides online access to over 75,000 images, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more.

This message appears at the bottom of every page in the database:

Creative Commons Unless under non-Folger copyright, images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This allows you to use our images without additional permission provided that you cite the Folger Shakespeare Library as the source and you license anything you create using the images under the same or equivalent license. For more information, including permissions beyond the scope of this license, see Permissions Policy. The Folger waives permission fees for non-commercial publication by registered non-profits, including university presses, regardless of the license they use.

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