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Image Search Engines
Images from any website may require permission. It is strongly suggested that you read the terms and conditions, legal, copyright or equivalent sections of each website whose images you use to determine their requirements for permission and credit.
"Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools."
Searches by use type in addition to image requirements (color, size, transparency etc).
Freely accessible repository of video, images and sound files available to reuse, copy and modify.
Find images in Flickr.
Getty Images Embed
Limited use available of select Getty Images. You must comply with the terms: for educational or editorial purposes (meaning relating to events that are newsworthy or of public interest). You must use the embed code provided by Getty which links back to the website.
A collection of free stock photos from other sites around the web. Mostly published in the CC0 license.
Over 1 million photos and videos that are nearly all published under Creative Commons Zero License (CC0).
Images from museum websites usually require permission or proper credit through citation. It is strongly suggested that you read the terms and conditions, legal, copyright or equivalent sections of each website whose images you use to determine their requirements for permission or citation.
Images in Freely Accessible Websites
Images from freely accessible websites, including government websites, may still require permission or provide credit. It is strongly suggested that you read the terms and conditions, legal, copyright or equivalent sections of each website whose images you use to determine their requirements for permission and credit.
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
"This website helps to fulfill the traditional mission of The New York Public Library to select, collect, preserve and make accessible 'the accumulated wisdom of the world, without distinction as to income, religion, nationality, or other human condition.' "
The Internet Archive
"The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."
Click on an image to see rights/usage limitations.
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division
"The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship."
be sure to read "rights information" under ABOUT PPOC to find out which images are freely available for reuse.
"The site contains everything from classic photos to educational programming and HD video, and is growing all the time as we continue to gain both new and archived media from all of NASA's centers."
National Park Service Digital Image Archive
"All photographs and images in this archive are "public domain" images. You are free to use these images without a release from the National Park Service. However, the photographs and images must not be used to imply National Park Service endorsement of a product, service, organization or individual.
Public Health Image Library
"Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..."
The Picture Collection Online
"The Picture Collection Online (PCO) is a select group of images from The New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, Picture Collection."
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Digital Library
"Here you will find a wide assortment of selected images, publications, video and audio clips that are in the public domain. You are free to use them as you wish - no permission is necessary. We do ask that you give credit to the photographer or creator..."
"Images Canada provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions."