Relax and Color

melting crayons in a rainbow of colors

Our Creativebug subscription has thousands of great tutorials to get your creative juices flowing. But sometimes the meditative power of some good old-fashioned coloring is just what you need to relax and regroup.


Color our Collections

The Color our Collections campaign was launched by the New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016. Today, over a hundred museums and libraries participate in the initiative. Participating institutions provide black and white images for the public to download, print, and color. We highlight a few gems below but the collection includes an archive of hundreds of printable pages for you to enjoy. Take some time to explore!

Natural World

Biodiversity Heritage Library 7 coloring books with images of flowers, birds, fish, and other plants and animals.

Denver Botanic Gardens 4 images from their living plant collections

New York Botanical Garden 12 pages of images from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library

Literature

Central Children’s Library of Belogrod 9 pages of illustrations from international fairy tales

Folder Shakespeare Library 3 coloring books featuring scenes from Shakespeare’s plays as well as British book illustrations.

James Madison University Libraries 3 coloring books of illustrations from their collections

New York State Library Images of bookplates and illustrations from their collection

Art & Architecture

National Archives and Records Administration Images of historical lighthouses

New Jersey State House Image of a stained glass window of the seal of New Jersey

History

Europeana 20 pages of images featuring women in history from across Europe.

National Museum of Health and Medicine Pages of World War II public health posters

Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University 6 pages of images from Women’s History

Special Collections

Rutgers University Libraries Images of witchcraft and alchemy from their Special Collections and Archives

Seton Hall University Libraries Sports images from their Special Collections

Smith College A variety of images from their Mortimer Rare Books Collection

University of British Columbia A series of coloring books featuring maps and landscapes from their Special Collections