Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr contains millions of photographs shared by Flickr users under Creative Commons licenses, and is a strong source for contemporary travel, nature, people, and design photographs.
Several overlays to Flickr offer enhanced search functionality and additional features.
· Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr's Creative Commons portal. Browse by license type or choose "Advanced Search" to limit to Creative Commons content.
Visual search of Flickr photographs. Uses computer vision to recognize visual content, rather than relying on text tags. Limit to "free to use" or "free to modify."
Enhanced search of Flickr content. Limit to Creative Commons.
Search overlay to Flickr. Retrieves images more images by using related tags. Select "Advanced" to limit to Creative Commons content.
Searches only Creative Commons content in Flickr. Additional tools for blogs and websites, including resizing tool, photo credit builder, and code generator.
Open Access Photographs & Historical Images
· Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online
Images from the Library of Congress, now in the public domain.
· Wikimedia Commons
Historical and contemporary images contributed by participants. Millions of high-resolution images of art, architecture, design, people, historical events, diagrams, maps, and more.
· World Images
Primarily historical images organized into 18 categories, including Women, Science, Cities, Natural World, Science, and more.
· Yale University Digital Commons
Yale's digital collections, including images from the Peabody Museum, Center for British Art, University Art Gallery, Library Map Collection, and Walpole Library Prints and Drawings.
· The Public Domain Review
This resource curates a collection of images, books, films and audio files that are available in the public domain. The collection can be browsed by medium, time period, tag and source. Once you are in a collection, you can also sort by the type of public domain rights that apply to the items (for example, whether it is in the public domain everywhere in the world).
· Public Domain Pictures
This site offers access to free photos. Users have the option to pay the photographer for the image, but this is not required.
· U.S. Department of Agriculture Image Gallery
The United States Department of Agriculture maintains a database of images pertaining to their work and areas of purview. Because the images were mostly taken for the government, virtually all are in the public domain. Any images that are not in the public domain are marked as such.
NASA's website offers access to many of their images, audio files, videos and other media, which are generally not copyrighted and freely available for use.
· National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
As government images, almost all of the images in this collection are in the public domain, though the website states that you must credit NOAA if you use one of their images. They especially encourage educational use.
· Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: as seen in prints and archives
This digital exhibition by the British Library and the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR) includes images of 235 prints held by the British Library which have been released into the public domain. Available in both English and Japanese.
· British Library on Flickr
This is a collection of public domain resources from the British Library's collection. The albums included on this page are a great resource for inspiration and reuse.
Open Access Clip Art
· Open Clip Art Library
Public domain contemporary graphics contributed by users.
· Open Icon Library
Open collection of icons.
· Wikimedia Commons - Crystal Clear Icons
Icon collection in the Wikimedia Commons.
· Wikimedia Commons - Tango Icons
Icon collection in the Wikimedia Commons.
Websites with Free Images
These sites offer at least some images for free general use. These sites also contain advertising and/or offer images for sale.
Read each site's conditions for use carefully. Different images from the same site may have different use restrictions, too. Make sure you know what they are.
Online source for free stock photo images. Images are licensed for most commercial and non-commercial uses digitally and in print. Stock photography contributed by members. Owned by Getty Images & affiliated wtih iStockphoto.
· Microsoft images
Clip art and photography from Microsoft and partners.
Search image tags or browse by category. MorgueFile license clearly explained. Affiliated with dreamstime stock photo.