SUGGESTED sources for free Images, VIDEO and audio

Why is this list useful to me?

While it's sometimes tempting to copy media from the web and reuse it elsewhere, this may be a copyright issue. All work is protected by copyright for a period of timei. During that time, the copyright owner holds the economic and moral rights associated with the work. If you would like to use material that is protected by copyright, you may need to ask permission from the copyright owner. The Guide for Instructors provided on the Copyright at Waterloo website provides guidance for when permission is required and when it is not.

Not having to to ask permission to reuse material will expedite course development. The list below includes sources for images, video and audio that do not require permission to reuse.

This list is designed to provide suggestions for sources of legitimate, verifiable media (images, sound, music, video) that can be used in University of Waterloo courses with minimal copyright restrictions. Check the terms of each site for more information on these restrictions.

This list is not restrictive; other sites may have similar terms (e.g. many cultural institutions around the world provide images they have placed in the public domain or made available through Creative Commons licenses). It may be possible to clear media from other sources. Consult the University of Waterloo’s Fair Dealing Advisory to determine if Fair Dealing can be applied to a particular item or contact copyright@uwaterloo.ca for more help.

This list is far from comprehensive. If you have suggestions that we should consider adding, please email extendedlearning@uwaterloo.ca.

Categories

General Resources

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Resource NameDescriptionImagesicons_imageVideoicons_videoAudioicons_audioSpecial Considerations
(copyright, usage restrictions, etc.)ii, iii
Age-Positive Image Library The site offers “positive and realistic images” of a diverse range of people aged 50 years and over organized by theme (e.g., housing, work, etc.).  icons_image     All images are published under a CC 0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication licence. You must supply an email address in order to download an image. The Terms of Use state that “attribution to the Centre for Ageing Better is not required but is appreciated.” They also ask that you “consider the context and associated headlines” when using images from the library. Furthermore, “individuals [in the pictures] have the right to withdraw their consent [to be photographed] at any moment”; should this occur, you would be notified at the email address provided to download.
AllGo Plus Size collection (Unsplash) Stock photos of plus-size people divided into 6 collections (office, at home, etc.). icons_image     Most of the photos available for download are covered by Unsplash’s license, which permits both commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required, but AllGo’s main site requests that you credit “AllGo and photographer Michael Poley of Poley Creative whenever possible.”iv
Burst Free stock photos and videos provided by Shopify and organized by category (e.g., animals, fitness, etc.). icons_image icons_video   Most photos are provided under Burst’s license, which permits use and modification according to the “Terms of Service.” Attribution is not required, although they do request that the photographer be credited whenever possible.iv
Canva Natural Women A collection of stock images of a variety of women in a variety of settings icons_image     The default search includes paid images, but the “free” filter can be applied at the top of the page. Check the terms of each individual photo, as some are from other stock photo sites, such as Pexels or Pixabay. Those photos would be covered by that site’s terms. Photos that do not mention another site are covered by Canva’s Free Content License Agreement.
Creative Commons Search Engine The CC search engine facilitates searching of collections held by participating institutions and organizations. icons_image icons_video icons_audio All media found by this search engine is available under one of the CC licenses. Please check individual license deeds for the extent to which you may reuse an asset and the terms under which you may use it without permission (you can always ask permission). Minimum requirements for most of the licenses include attribution and a link back to the license deed. Some licenses do not allow adaptation or use for commercial purposes.
Disability Inclusive Stock Photography Stock photos of disabled people in an office setting. icons_image     Photos are available for use under a CC BY-ND 4.0 license. Attribution of “Disability: IN” is required.
Disabled And Here Stock photos and illustrations highlighting BIPOC disabled people, organized by theme (e.g., LGBTQ+, everyday living, etc.). icons_image     Photos are licensed under CC BY 4.0 license. Attribution must be given to the website and, in some cases, to the creator of the photo as well. Check individual image for details of required attribution. A link back to the collection’s main page is also requested.
Flaticon Free vector icons and stickers. icons_image    

Search results on Flaticon may be of three different types of content:

  1. Flaticon content (produced by the company, follow the attribution guidelines on “Attribution: How, When and Where?”; subscribers can skip attribution),iv which can be used and modified.
  2. Collaborators’ content (produced by third parties, FI is not guaranteeing legitimacy, follow the Flaticon attribution guidelines).
  3. Sponsored content (links will take you to sponsored websites; there will likely be a cost associated with using this content). Sponsored content is not free of copyright.

The registered user may download content but may not authorize “third parties to use the content in the Flaticon Content (or any modification thereof).”

Flickr Creative Commons Search Select “all Creative Commons” from the “Any License” drop down menu in the top left corner to search for Creative Commons–licensed images. icons_image     On the individual image page, look under the photo on the right-hand side for the specifics of that photo’s license. Most Creative Commons licenses require at least attribution and a link back to the license deed.
Foodie’s Feed Free photos of a wide range of foods. icons_image     Photos on the site are licensed under the CC0 1.0 license. Attribution is not required, but the site requests that you credit the original photographer.iv The site also features banners from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Freepik Free vectors, stock photos, and PSD. icons_image     Search results may yield three different types of content:
  1. Freepik Own Content (produced by the company).
  2. Collaborators’ Content.
  3. Sponsored Content.

The first two types of content can be used or modified, subject to the Freepik’s “Terms of Use,” as long as attribution is provided. See “Is Freepik for Free? and “Attribution: How, When and Where?” for more details (e.g., “Designed by Freepik”; recommended to provide a link to www.freepik.com). Subscribers are not required to provide attribution.iv

Free content can be accessed by selecting the “Free” checkbox on the main search bar.

Freepik does not guarantee the legitimacy of Collaborators’ Content. You must assess the content for originality.

Sponsored Content is not free of copyright and you will be redirected to an external site. This content will likely have a cost associated with using it.

Each “user” must download the image themselves from Freepik. Be careful when using the material in CC-licensed projects.
Gratisography Free high-resolution photos and illustrations. icons_image     The site license allows for personal and commercial use, modification, and adaptation of the photos. Attribution is not required.iv The site also features banners and suggestions from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
ISO Republic Free high-quality photos and videos. icons_image icons_video icons_audio Photos and videos are available for use under a CC0 1.0 license. As per the site license, attribution is not required, but it is appreciated.iv The site also features banners and suggestions from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Iwaria Stock photos from Africa depicting a range of subjects. icons_image     Most photos are covered under a CC0 license, with no attribution required.iv Check the terms of individual photos, which are viewable by selecting “View Photo Info” under the photo.
Jopwell Collection A set of free images focused on people of colour at work. icons_image     The photos are available under a Creative Commons BY 4.0 license. The images are free to download, copy, distribute, and display so long as you visibly attribute either "Jopwell.com" or “Jopwell.” See “A New Wave of Stock Photography.”
LGBTQ+ on Pexels A collection of photos of LGBTQ+ people in different settings, as well as related images (e.g., pride flags). icons_image     Most of the photos are covered under the Pexels license, which permits commercial and non-commercial use without attribution.iv Check the terms of each individual photo for more details.
Nappy Stock photos of people of colour. icons_image     All images are licensed under CC0 1.0, which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including for commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution. However, the site requests attribution of the photographer whenever possible.iv See “The Nappy License.” The site also features banners from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Noun Project A set of simple icons for basically any noun (and some verbs!). icons_image    

You may use icons or photos pursuant to the license for that particular item. See “Terms.” In order to download the icon/photo or view the license, you must create a (free) account.

Icons are available under one of the following three licenses:

  1. Public Domain.
  2. Attribution License (CC BY 3.0)
  3. Royalty-Free License.

Photos are available under one of the following licenses:

  1. Public Domain.
  2. Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Noun Project’s attribution rules are that you should follow the format Icon Name by Creator Name from Noun Project. Make sure to hyperlink the Noun Project portion where possible. It should link back to the browse page following these steps [utilize the link https://thenounproject.com/browse/icons/term/title-of-icon/ and replace the “title-of-icon” portion for the icon’s title]:

  • Example 1: “Tree” icon by Edward Boatman from Noun Project.
  • Example 2: “Tree” icon by Edward Boatman, from thenounproject.com.
Open Street Map User-generated maps and data from around the world. icons_image    

The data and maps have different licenses. The majority are available under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL) . Data contributed prior to September 2012 continues to be available from their archives under "CC-BY-SA", the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike version 2.0.

Attribution and a link to the license is required for use of the data. Attribution requirements vary depending on the context of how you are using their data. See the “Copyright and License” page for information on how you can use these images and data and the “Licence/Attribution Guidelines” for information on the specific attribution required.
Pablo Stanley The site offers several themed packs of illustrations in different file formats, some of which are editable and customizable to create diverse images of people.  icons_image     The site for each collection lists relevant licence information, but most are licenced CC 0. An email must be provided for download, and illustrations are generally downloaded as a set. Attribution is appreciated but not required. 
People of Colour on Unsplash A collection of stock photos of people of colour in a variety of settings. icons_image     Most photos are covered by the Unsplash License, which permits both commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required.iv Check the terms of each individual photo for more details.
Pexels Free stock photo and video website. icons_image icons_video   Some of the content is licensed as CC0. All other media is made available through the Pexels License, which allows one to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and otherwise use the content without attribution.iv Note that content is uploaded by members and Pexels cannot guarantee that the photos are not infringing. For more, see “Terms of Service.” The site also features photos from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Picjumbo Stock photos grouped by category (e.g., animals, food etc.) icons_image     See the site’s “FAQ and Terms.” Attribution is appreciated, but it is not required.iv The site also features banners and suggestions from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Picnoi Stock photos and videos of people of colour. icons_image icons_video   Content licensed under CC BY 4.0 International. See “License.”
Picography High-resolution stock photos. icons_image     Photos on the site are licensed under the CC0 1.0 license. See “Terms.” Attribution is not required, but it is appreciated.iv The site also features banners from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Pixabay Photos, illustrations, vectors, videos, sound effects and images. icons_image icons_video icons_audio

The site license permits you “to use, download, copy, modify or adapt” the content for commercial and non-commercial use except in the cases mentioned in "What is not allowed." You must log in to verify the terms for music.

Attribution is not required but appreciated.iv The site also features banners from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Startup Stock Photos Photos of startup culture, featuring people working in office spaces, tech, etc. icons_image     Photos are published under the Creative Commons CC0 license. Attribution is not required, but it is appreciated.iv See “About.”
The Gender Spectrum Collection Stock photos of trans and non-binary people in day-to-day settings. icons_image     All images are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 and require attribution. It asks you to please credit The Gender Spectrum Collection in your captions. The images cannot be used for commercial purposes and cannot have any changes made. See the “Guidelines.”
UK Black Tech A set of free stock photos focused on the Black community in tech jobs. icons_image     UKBlackTech photos are available under Creative Commons BY 2.0, which means that you may copy, distribute, and display the images as long as you attribute UKBlackTech or www.ukblacktech.com and indicate if any changes have been made.
Unsplash Free high-resolution photos. icons_image     Photos published on Unsplash are available under the Unsplash license, which allows you to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission. Attribution is appreciated, but not required.iv See the “License” page for an example of attribution. The site also features banners from paid stock photo companies, which are not free of copyright. These images will have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Waterloo Brand The Brand site is meant for projects related to marketing/communication/promotion but it is fine to use the symbols in online courses. icons_image     Clear under “Permission Not Sought/Other” and “Reasoning/Waterloo resource intended for Waterloo community, confirmed by Brand’s Associate Director, Creative Studio.”
Waterloo Photos University buildings, events, and many other scenes. Login required. icons_image     Log in with Waterloo credentials is required to access the images. Images that are available for download are copyright/royalty free unless otherwise specified. When otherwise specified, the user downloading the asset agrees to the terms of use as specified by the asset owner. See “Terms and Conditions.”
WOCinTechChat A set of free images from Microsoft focused on women of colour in tech work. icons_image     All images are licensed under CC BY 2.0 and require attribution. You may “copy, distribute, and display the images as long as you attribute #WOCinTech Chat or WOCinTechChat.com.”
Women Collection by Burst A collection of stock photos of a variety of women in a variety of settings. icons_image     Most photos are provided under the “Burst Terms of Service.” The Burst license permits you “to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and display” content for non-commercial and commercial purposes and does not require attribution. However, attribution is recommended.iv Some Content on the Website and the Application is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 license. Check the terms of each individual photo for more details.

Audio and Video

NB. All links in the table below open in a new browser tab/window

Resource NameDescriptionImagesicons_imageVideoicons_videoAudioicons_audioSpecial Considerations
(copyright, usage restrictions, etc.)ii, iii
BBC Sound Effects 16,000 sound effects.     icons_audio These 16,000 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of “The BBC's Content Licence for RemArc.” The sound effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational, or research purposes, as detailed in the license. For commercial use, you can license sound effects. Credit is required, in this format: bbc.co.uk – © copyright [the year goes here] BBC. If possible, add an active hyperlink to the content’s original location, and don’t put anything between the credit and the link.
Bensound Royalty-free music.     icons_audio

You can use Bensound’s music available under the Free License (with the black download button) in your multimedia project (e.g., online videos, websites, animations, online courses, etc.) for free as long as you credit Bensound.com. This license, which is viewable on the Terms of Use page, is only applicable to educational projects that do not create revenue. You can adapt the music to your project by making cuts, loops, and adding voiceovers; however, you cannot make a song, a remix, or produce your own.

See the “FAQ” for more information. For other projects, (e.g., advertising, commercialized online courses, etc.) see the “Pricing/Licensing” page with a music-licensing comparison chart.
Mazwai Great variety and large assortment of high-quality video clips.   icons_video  

Materials available under either a Creative Commons BY 3.0 license or the Mazwai site license. If the former, you are free to share, copy, and redistribute, adapt, remix, transform, and build upon the content, but you must credit the author. If the latter, you do not need to provide attribution and may use the content for either commercial or non-commercial purposes free of charge and on a royalty-free basis.iv

The site also features banners from paid stock photo and video companies, which are not free of copyright. These videos or images have a watermark and a cost associated with using them.
Videvo A vast database of free stock video and audio sorted by genre.   icons_video icons_audio

Videvo licenses clips in a number of different ways. For guidance on where to find license and author information, what the various licenses allow you to do, and how to credit the file, etc., see “Licenses and Usage: Full Guide.” License and usage information for each clip is displayed on the clip download page in the top section to the right-hand side of the video player.

There are separate guideline and additional attribution requirements for NASA imagery via a NASA license.

A basic search will turn up free, premium, and sponsored content. The latter two are not free to use. Look for videos marked “Free” in the bottom right corner.

Where attribution is required, the format for the credit should be: “Stock footage provided by [author name], downloaded from www.videvo.net.”iv
YouTube Audio Library Royalty-free music for use on YouTube.     icons_audio Music must be credited and you cannot remix the music or remove/add parts from/to the credits. See “About.” Please note that the music on this site can only be used for projects on YouTube; it cannot be used for projects that will be housed in an LMS. Contact the artist if you wish to use music on projects outside YouTube.

Science

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Resource NameDescriptionImagesicons_imageVideoicons_videoAudioicons_audioSpecial Considerations
(copyright, usage restrictions, etc.)ii, iii
Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Flickr (on hiatus; no longer uploading new images/monitoring but will remain available for use)
  • Catalogue
The @BioDivLibrary Flickr collection is specially curated by book, subject, and contributor to make it easier for you to find images related to specific research needs.​ icons_image    

​These resources are thought to be in the Public Domain in the United States. Double-check that the resources you would like to use are also in the Public Domain in Canada.i Most images on the Flickr account are offered under a PD 1.0 mark. The Catalogue provides most content under a CC0 1.0 license, as per the Smithsonian’s “Terms of Use.” Check individual items to confirm the license. See BHL’s “Copyright and Reuse” page for additional information on how to determine the copyright status.

Attribution is appreciated in the following format:

“Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Contributed by [Holding Institution]. | www.biodiversitylibrary.org.”

If the files are from a copyrighted work for which BHL has obtained permission, then all of the files on www.biodiversitylibrary.org are free for non-commercial use, as long as you abide by the terms set down in the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
Encyclopedia of Life Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History, EOL's purpose is “to raise awareness and understanding of living nature by providing free, open, multilingual, digital access to trusted information on all known species.” icons_image    

Many of the images are made available under a Creative Commons license. The license data can be found alongside the image or by clicking on the image to view the page associated with it. Check the license for any applicable terms of reuse.

Check the site terms if you are interested in using other information, such as data or maps.

Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth Photos and ​videos from ISS. icons_image icons_video   Free to use. See details of requested credits and captions, and how to notify NASA of use of their materials, on their “Frequently Asked Questions” page.
HUBBLESITE Space related videos and images icons_image icons_video   Freely used as Public Domain (except for third-party work on the site). NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) should be credited. A report of use of work should be sent to STScI. See HUBBLESITE’s “Copyright” page for details.
ESA/Hubble Space and Hubble Telescope–related videos and images. Large collection, easily searchable, and high-definition (HD) files available for download. icons_image icons_video   Videos or images can be used under CC BY 4.0 License subject to certain conditions. For example, the full credit must be unaltered and clearly visible, an active link should be included if the material is available online, and any changes made to the material, aside from resizing or cropping, should be listed after the credit line. See “Usage of Images, Videos and Web Texts” for more details.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Space-related videos, images, and infographics. icons_image icons_video   May be used for any purpose without prior permission unless otherwise noted in the caption information for an image (e.g., special cases require prior written approval. See “JPL Image Use Policy” for details). Credit line should be “Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech” unless otherwise noted in the caption information for an image.
Morphbank: Biological Imaging An open web repository of images designed that “facilitates research efforts by making it possible to store, discuss and share detailed images of specimens from all over the world.” icons_image     Images that are not password-protected are CC-licensed and can be used for private, education, research, or other non-commercial purposes for free, provided that the source and the copyright holder are cited. Most images are available under CC BY-NC-SA US 3.0, or a less restrictive license. Password-protected images may not be used without written authorization from the copyright holder.
NASA Multimedia NASA Multimedia provides public access to NASA’s image, video, and audio collections in a single online resource. icons_image icons_video icons_audio NASA imagery is generally not protected by copyright, so you are free to use it for educational or informational purposes. See “Media Usage Guidelines” for more information. Note: this permission does not extend to any use of the NASA logo. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material.
NASA Scientific Visualization Studio Large, searchable collection of over 8,700 visualizations, animations, images, and videos related to Earth and Space Science research activities at NASA and within the academic research community supported by NASA. Great place to search for visualizations of science concepts. icons_image    

Free to use for the most part. Specific credit lines are provided with each video at the bottom of the page. For more information see their “Copyright and Credit Information” page.

Note that “some multimedia products on [the] site are produced in collaboration with partners and have distinct copyrights and use policies. For those instances, the copyright notices and use limitations are noted on the page where you can download the product.”

Our World in Data Text and visualizations that make research on the world’s largest problems accessible and understandable; this is a collaborative project of researchers at the University of Oxford and the Global Change Data Lab. icons_image    

Text and visualizations are licensed CC BY 4.0. Citation details are provided at the bottom of each entry. For more information, see their “About” and “FAQ” pages.

Note: All charts and data produced by third parties and made available by Our World in Data are subject to the license terms from the original third-party authors.

SDO Solar Dynamics Observatory Gallery Sun-related videos and images icons_image icons_video   SDO images and movies are not copyrighted unless explicitly noted. The use of SDO images for non-commercial purposes and public education and information efforts is strongly encouraged and requires no expressed authorization. It is requested, however, that any such use properly attributes the source of the images or data as: “Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.” See “Copyright Permissions.”
Spitzer Space Telescope Images of space taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope; it includes videos as well. icons_image icons_video   Free to use; credit should be given to NASA as specified in their “Media Usage Guidelines.” Please note that the site is no longer being updated since NASA ended the Spitzer mission in January 2020.

 Arts & History

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Resource NameDescriptionImagesicons_imageVideoicons_videoAudioicons_audioSpecial Considerations
(copyright, usage restrictions, etc.)ii, iii
Aga Khan Museum The Aga Khan Museum documents the "artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China." icons_image     Images from the museum's collection are made available for use under a Creative Commons BY-NC 2.5 CA license. The museum requests that images be accompanied by the caption information found on the object record and that credit be given in the following way: © The Aga Khan Museum.
Art Gallery of Ontario The AGO provides digital images of a number of items in its collections. icons_image     Search of the collections can be filtered by “Rights Type.” Select “Public Domain - Canada 50 plus years” or “Public Domain - International 70 plus years.” Other images on the site could potentially be used under Fair Dealing. Consult the Fair Dealing Advisory for more information.
Art Institute of Chicago Images of 50,000 items in their collection are available under a CC0 license. From the main search page, select the “Public Domain” filter to view the relevant items. icons_image    

“Public Domain” images or those the museum otherwise waives any copyright it might have are provided under a CC0 1.0 Public Domain license. Images outside of this can be used for non-commercial educational, and personal use and for “fair use” provided that you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials and cite the author and source of the materials. See “Copyrights and Fair Use” under the “Terms” page for further information.

Attribution is requested in the following format: Artist. Title, Date. The Art Institute of Chicago.
British Library (Flickr) If you need some vintage visual inspiration—or a real antique element for an illustration, design, or motion project—check out the British Library's Flickr collection. icons_image     These resources are thought to be in the Public Domain in Britain. Double-check that the resources you would like to use are also in the Public Domain in Canadai.
British Museum Images of many items in the museum’s collection, including the Rosetta Stone and the Lewis Chessmen, are available for use. icons_image    

Many images are made available under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 License. Once you have located the image you would like to use in the Collection Search, select “Use this Image” in the bottom right corner to access a downloadable copy of the photo and for more information on the license. Please note that not all images are available for use, so check each one individually.

The requested attribution is as follows: © The Trustees of the British Museum. Please see the “Copyright and Permissions” page for further information.

Europeana Portal to millions of books, music, artworks, etc., provided by thousands of European archives, libraries, and museums. icons_image   icons_audio

A work’s license is specified by the institution providing it. Search results can be filtered by copyright status by selecting the relevant category from the “Can I Use This?” dropdown menu on the right-hand side of the results page. The website categorizes works as able to use, able to use with conditions, and possibly able to use with permission. Double-check that the resources marked Public Domain are also in the Public Domain in Canadai.

Please see Europeana’s “Public Domain Usage Guidelines” for further information, as well as their “Terms of Use.”
Getty Open Content Program Over 80,000 images from the Getty Museum's collections and over 70,000 images from the Getty Research Institute's collections are available through the Getty Open Content Program. icons_image     To access materials from the Getty Research Institute, use the Getty Search Gateway. To access materials from the Getty Museum's collection, select “Group by: Image Use” and then select “Free to Use” from the Museum Collection search page. Use of Open Content Program materials is governed by the Getty Museum's Terms of Use. Please note that data will be collected about how the image will be used upon download. The images should also be credited in the following way: “Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.”
Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture partners with over 2,000 museums around the world to provide online access to their collections. In addition to viewing high-quality photos of many artworks, you can use Google Street View to see many of the works in the actual museums. Google Arts and Culture is an excellent source for verifying an image, but there may be restrictions and limitations to using the images on it. See the Special Considerations column for more information.

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Many of the images on Google Arts and Culture are digitally locked. This means that they must not be downloaded, even if they can be freely accessed on the source institution’s own website (e.g. through the CC0 Public Domain designation at the Art Institute of Chicago). Check the source institution’s website for the most up-to-date and detailed information on licensing and use. Images of works in Google Street View can be used according to the Google Street View terms of use. Attribution is required for any use of Google Street View images. See the Required Attribution section for more information.

Library and Archives Canada Library and Archives Canada houses materials relating to the “documentary heritage” of Canada and “serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.” icons_image     The copyright status of items in LAC’s collections varies widely. Check the copyright status of individual items by selecting “Ordering and Viewing Options” at the bottom of the individual records page.
McCord Museum Public Domain Collection Images of objects and works believed to be in the Public Domain from the collections of the McCord Museum. icons_image    

The objects in the collections are subject to a variety of licenses. The relevant license is indicated under the image of the object. For further information, see the “Photographic Services and Copyright – FAQ” page.

Attribution is not required but is appreciated.iv The museum suggests the following be included in a credit line: Artist, title or name of object, date. Object number, McCord Stewart Museum.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Online As part of its Open Access initiative, the Met provides access to high-resolution digital images of many Public Domain works in its collection. Open Access works are identified on the Museum’s website with the acronym “OA,” which appears under an individual image at the bottom left. Apply the “Open Access” filter to search nearly 500,000 Open Access images in the Met's online collection. icons_image    

OA images are licensed under CC0 1.0 and can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Attribution is not required but it is appreciated.iv A sample object credit line format is as follows: “The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,” followed by the specific information identified as the "Credit Line" on the Collection page for each work of art. The citation could also include the URL www.metmuseum.org.

See FAQ for more information.

Note: Images under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use. You must, however, cite the author and source of the image and the citation should include the URL “www.metmuseum.org.” See “Terms and Conditions” for further information.
National Gallery (UK) Over 2,600 paintings from the National Gallery’s collections have been digitized and are available for perusal. icons_image    

Many images in the collection are available for educational use under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

Once you have located the item you would like to use from the “Search the Collection” page, select “Download Image” from the menu above the image and then “Find Out More” from under “Download Low-Resolution Image” to determine the license and availability of the image. The site terms stipulate that credit must be given in the following way: “the source of the content must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged. For example, Leonardo, The Virgin of the Rocks, 1491–1508 Photo © The National Gallery, London.”
New York Public Library Digital Collections Many images in the NYPL collections are in the Public Domain. Ability to search by category, year, etc. icons_image    

Each asset has its own copyright statement, included under the “Rights statement” in the Item Data. Note that not all assets within the NYPL collection are in the Public Domain. As such, it is advised you filter your search results to “Search Only Public Domain Materials.”

Double-check that the resources you would like to use are also in the Public Domain in Canadai.

Attribution is not required, but the site does request that “From The New York Public Library” be included, as well as a link back to the Digital Collections site.iv
Royal Ontario Museum Online Collections Images of nearly 70,000 items in the museum’s collections are available online. icons_image    

Material in the online collections is designed to be used under Fair Dealing provisions in the Canadian Copyright Act. Any use not covered by these provisions (e.g., commercial use) requires permission from the museum. See the copyright policy for more information.

The source of the material and the author (if known) must be credited. The source citations should include the URL rom.on.ca.
Smithsonian Open Access Smithsonian Open Access allows you to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. icons_image    

Open Access materials have a CC0 1.0 designation, meaning the Smithsonian dedicates the digital asset into the Public Domain, so that it is free of copyright restrictions and you can use it for any purpose, free of charge, without further permission.

Attribution is not required but is appreciated.iv The Smithsonian requests a “minimal” caption of title, author, source, license, and source URL. See the Open Access FAQ for more information.

Please note that not all materials in the Smithsonian collection are available for Open Access. Make sure to the use the Open Access Portal and check the license for each individual item.

Wirtualne Muzea Malopolski Their collections include 3D models of a number of objects. These can be viewed by selecting “3D Model” under “Multimedia” on the “Objects” page. icons_image icons_video icons_audio Many images and 3D models are in the Public Domain, but check the rights statement for each individual item. Many other materials are covered by Creative Commons licenses. Material in copyright may be used for teaching and research, as per item 2.1.3.3 of the site’s “Terms of Use.” Still images are downloadable, but the 3D models are not. See the “Terms and Conditions” page for more information on attribution.
World Bank Archives Photo Catalog The World Bank has two stated goals: end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way. The historic photographic collection contains over 500,000 photographs documenting project work in member countries, official signings, as well as other historic events and personalities. icons_image     The majority of Still Images in the Archives Photo Catalog are licensed under the following public license: the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY NC-SA. 4.0). Citation may follow standard academic practices. If adapting an image (where license permits) add this to the attribution: “This is an adaptation of an original Still Image by The World Bank. Responsibility for adaptation rests solely with the creator of the adaptation and are not endorsed by The World Bank.” For more, see Terms of Use.