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Find copyright friendly images for your creative projects.
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Sites to find copyright friendly images

Find a photo or image from these great, free sources. This list is great for projects and slideshows. Please remember to give credit to the creator.

  • Pics4Learning
    Browse the image library for copyright friendly photos and images.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery
    Search over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections.
  • NYPL
    Over 180,000 items in their digital collection are in the public domain. No permission required to use the images.
  • The Getty -Getty Search Gateway
    Search more than 85,000 free images. You can download and re-use the images as long as you give proper attribution for the source of the image.
  • Life photo archive hosted by Google
    Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, 1860 to today.
  • Flickr's Creative Commons Portal
    Browse through the images posted by Flickr users who have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license.
  • PicDrome
    Search this Public Domain digital photography collection for copyright free images under Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication license CC0.
  • Wikimedia
    Search millions of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
  • MorgueFile
    Search the professional photos contributed by many artists. Be sure to give credit the the artist.
  • American Museum of Natural History
    Search the museum's digitized images, art and rare book collection illustrations.
  • Internet Archive Book Images
    Over 2 million images ranging from 1500 through 1922.

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Citing your Source

Please remember to cite your photos and images. 

When you use a photo or image that you did not create, it should be cited like all other resources.  Use NoodleTools for the proper citation format.


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