Color Our Collections

Get your colored pencils ready!

Join us for the Color Our Collections event, February 4-8, 2019. Led by The New York Academy of Medicine, the event invites you to download images from library and cultural institution collections, color them, and share them on social media using the event hashtag #ColorOurCollections. With millions of natural history illustrations produced over 500 years in our collection, BHL is thrilled to participate in the event.

How to Download Images from BHL for Color Our Collections 

BHL Coloring Book

We've selected some of our favorite illustrations in BHL and turned them into coloring pages. 

Click to download the 2019 BHL Coloring Book for free.

Click to download the 2018 BHL Coloring Book for free.

Click to download the BHL Australia Coloring Book for free.

Click to download the 2016 BHL Coloring Book for free.

All of BHL's coloring books are released under CC-BY.

BHL Flickr

We've gathered over 1,000 black and white images from books in the BHL collection into a new Flickr collection. Browse the images, download your favorites, and color away! https://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/sets/72157663149641612/

Created with flickr slideshow.

BHL Pinterest

You can also browse and download individual pages from the BHL coloring books in Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/biodivlibrary/bhl-coloring-pages/ 

To download one of the images in Pinterest, right click on the pin and choose "save image as" to save the image to your computer. You can then print and color at your leisure!

Source Books in BHL

You can browse the books that the images in our Color Our Collections Flickr and Pinterest sets come from in our BHL Collection here: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/browse/collection/ColorOurCollections

Many other institutions will also be participating in the event and sharing images from their own collections for you to download and color. Check out this list to see who else is involved. Be sure to follow the hashtag #ColorOurCollections on social media to learn more, and don't forget to share your masterpieces with that same hashtag. We look forward to seeing your works of art!