The New York Public Library has released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain, making them freely available for anyone to use for any purpose. These items include scans of manuscripts from well-known authors, copies of sheet music, more than 40,000 stereoscopic photographs and more than 20,000 atlases and maps.

The NYPL announced the release last week, saying it "represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials." The materials are available as high-resolution downloads through the library's public domain remix. As of this latest release, there are 672,186 digitizations available in the NYPL Digital Collections.