A Sampling of Image Sources

Creative Commons - Search
Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation, in contrast to the older all-rights-reserved copyright licensing. In other words, this link to Creative Commons search will help you access images that you may be able to use and modify for free or with few restrictions.

The Commons (Flickr)
Hidden treasures of the world's public photography archives, many of which are copyright-free. The site also invites viewers to help describe and categorize the images. Includes photographs from institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, George Eastman House, National Library of Australia, The Royal Library Denmark, San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives, Museum of Photographic Arts, National Archives of Norway, Bibliothèque de Toulouse, etc. See below for tips for searching for safe-for-kids images.

Flicker - Creative Commons
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
See also the British Library's photostream with over a million images in the public domain. See an article in the Public Domain Review for more info.

High-quality copyright-friendly art images, photographs, and vector graphic; image collections hand-picked by Pixabay editors.

World Images
The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It has just been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials. It contains approximately 100,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. The images can be located using many search techniques on the left hand toolbar, from QuickSearch to Advanced and ADA Searches. For convenience, the images are organized into over 900 portfolios that appear alphabetically in the Portfolio List. You can use them or explore the database using Browse Collections. Here the portfolios are hierarchically organized beginning with continents and subject grouping. Embedded Metadata: You can now download relevant data with the images.
"Our web images are free for educational use, but large high-resolution images can be licensed for campus use for $1 each for jpegs or $3 for tiffs with a minimum of 100 images."

Specialized search engine for free stock images and other visual resources, with an easy-to-use interface.

Every Stock Photo
Search engine for free photos, with social media features. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

An image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. They use the Flickr API, but aren't affiliated with Flickr.

Free Digital Photos
This website offers free digital images with no registration required. The images are also available in high-resolution versions for purchase.

StockXchng Free Stock photography site owned by Getty Images.

Google Images
Search for images using keywords, or use advanced search to specify technical aspects of the image like size, aspect ratio, color, kind, etc.

Bing Visual Search

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. You must be affiliated with a participating non-profit institution (university, college, museum, public library, or K-12 school) to use ARTstor.

Images for Academic Publishing
"The Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge."

The Public Domain Review
The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online. It makes film, articles, audio, and texts available. It also publishes well-researched and scholarly articles about images and other materials in the public domain.

Public Domain Images
High-resolution, copyright-friendly images:

Digital Public Library of America
10,000+ images and millions of items of public domain works (word, image, and more) from American museums, libraries, and other sources. It includes a portal for students, teachers, scholars, and the public that allows searching and scanning, including by timeline, map, format, and topic; and a platform with an application programming interface (API) and open data, which can be used by software developers, researchers, and others to create "environments for learning, tools for discovery, and engaging apps."

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
"The NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photograhs, and more."

Museum websites

such as the National Gallery of Artin the U.S. (see NGA images, below) the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) or Louvre (Paris), etc.
NGA Images
From the site: "NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art [Washington, DC, USA]. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 20,000 open accessdigital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration...Many of the open access images have been digitized with the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation."

Rijksstudio is the Rijksmuseum's groundbreaking digital image platform - easy to use, you can like, save, and share images and use its powerful taxonomy to find images by tag. Copies can be ordered.

British Library - over a million public domain images on Flickr, using the Flickr Public Domain mark:

Making Learning Fun - Items by Activity (Early Childhood))
Educational printables and activities for children pre-kindergarten through first grade

Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism periods (1000-1850), currently containing over 27.600 reproductions. Picture commentaries, artist biographies are available. Guided tours, period music, catalogue, free postcard and other services are provided.

Commercial photo archives include sites such as Lessing Photo Archive or Getty Images
Others are Envato market places such as Photodune (for photos),

Safe for Kids (This section based on a 2015 discussion in the ISTE forums. The web changes often. Preview these sites and use your judgment!)


Videohive (for affordable video clips).

Technical Help

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Saving an image from the Internet to your Mac