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The title of this sweet little copy of an illustration in Beatrix Potter’s story The Fairy Caravan reads ‘Louisa Pussy-cat sleeps late.’ Given the past couple of days of snow and cold, we understand wanting to stay warm and cozy in bed. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the library from the comfort of your home. Check out these ebooks by and about Beatrix Potter or visit our digital gallery for more wonderful illustrations online!

Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library’s Rare Book Collection on Juvenile Literature.

Beatrix Potter’s work, while already considered in the Public Domain in the United States, entered the public domain in Europe this year, 70 years after her death. 

On this side of the pond, nothing new will enter the Public Domain until 2019, due to a 1998 law increasing copyright to 95 years or more for works published after 1923. 

We missed a post on Public Domain Day, the first of the year, but wanted to shed a little light on the topic, regardless. Find out more at the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain.