About the Quilt

The New York Public Library owns more than 50 million items, from the first words ever carved into stone to cutting-edge digital art. We can only show a tiny fraction in our Centennial exhibition, Celebrating 100 Years. So we're taking the exhibition online with a limitless digital quilt, letting you decide what’s most important, interesting, or even bizarre in our vast collections — and then adding your ”square“ to the quilt!

The quilt is organized by four themes: Observation, Introspection, Creativity, and Society. To illustrate each theme, we've created some surprising pairs of items that also show the amazing depth and breadth of NYPL's collections. Like Dante's Inferno and a Frankenstein comic book. Or Malcom X's briefcase and Tibetan prayer sheets. Find out what these pairings have in common — and come up with your own juxtapositions.

Add your square!

Option 1

Upload a photo, sketch, personal essay, or artwork inspired by NYPL or its collections. Add an image or description of your favorite library book, branch, or even librarian! Or contribute a snapshot, drawing or comment after visiting Celebrating 100 Years, our special Centennial exhibition at the Library's landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Maximum file size: 400 KB
Allowed extensions: png gif jpg jpeg
Images must be between 200x200 pixels and 1000x1000

Option 2

Search from among 700,000+ images in our Digital Gallery for an object from our collections that you would like to add to our growing community quilt. Simply enter the ID number in the below box.

Option 3

You can also just submit a comment about your experience with the Library and its collections.

Before you submit, please read the following paragraphs carefully.

People who provide photos, writings, or other content to NYPL for its website are granting NYPL a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such material. In most cases, NYPL will only use this material on its website, but NYPL reserves the right to also use this material in other ways, such as in promotional materials created about the Library and on third-party websites on which the Library promotes its services, collections, and/or activities. In each instance, you agree that NYPL may use your content for these purposes without making any payments to you. If you are not willing to grant NYPL these rights, please do not contribute content to our site.

Please make sure that any content you contribute does not infringe on the rights of any third party. We prefer that your photo does not include people, but if your photo does include a person, please make sure you have that person’s permission to submit the photo to NYPL’s website.


Extended through March 4

  • Visit a free Centennial exhibition, Celebrating 100 Years, featuring 250 of the Library's most fascinating artifacts!

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