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Copyright and Fair Use

Focus on Image Sources from High Library

Free/Inexpensive Image Sources

While these sites are "copyright friendly," be sure to check the Terms of Use for details.  For example, many photos require attribution.

  • Creative Commons 

  • Every Stock Photo  

    "We are a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific."
  • Flickr Creative Commons  

    Search or browse Flickr images by license type.
  • Google Images  

  • Image*After  

  • New York Public Library Digital Collection  

  • Pics4Learning  

    "Permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection." Arranged by subject.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archive Collection  

    The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. Please cite the Smithsonian Institution Archives as the source of the content, and when possible, link to the Smithsonian Archives website (siarchives.si.edu). 

  • stock.xchng  

  • Stockvault.net  

  • Wikimedia Commons  

    "A database of 24,833,595 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute."
  • Yale Digital Commons  

    "It is Yale University’s goal to make digital copies of unrestricted public domain collections available for use without limitations. Yale University will not restrict use of items digitized from its museums, libraries and archives collections which have been made openly available through the University’s electronic interfaces, and which are no longer under copyright, except where other rights or restrictions apply."

    With thanks to Kate Borowske at Bush Library, Hamline University.