Sunday, 4 November 2018


Open Culture publishes a very open love letter to the US Library of Congress, one the country’s most enduring and non-partisan institutions that ensure peace amongst the stacks and shelves no matter who one’s ideological neighbour is.
The institution’s staff has ensured unfettered access to the knowledge and made available many of its collections before in digital formats but its latest offering, Free to Use and Re-Use, categorised by vast, archival sets from WPA posters to Japanese prints, is a resource sure to occupy one’s time for hours on end. For an institution whose business end is to monitor and police for copyright infringement according to the interpretation of other agencies, it has done the world a pretty good turn in getting out and keeping access open for what should be free and the lien-hold of none.