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Learning Commons

Online Image Sources

Antarctic Photo Library

Thousands of photos are available (complete with captions, credits and resolutions) for you to view and use, including people, scenery, arctic research stations, and historical photos.

AP Images

Images provided by the Associated Press. Make sure the image is royalty free before using.

British Library Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

A searchable database of some of the western illuminated manuscripts in the British Library. The Catalogue includes descriptions and images of western manuscripts with pictorial and decorative embellishments, from fully painted miniatures to decorated initials.

Digital Images Collections Guide

A curated bibliography of image websites culled primary from the LibGuides Community. List maintained by the American Library Association. Resources with a lock next to it are subscription only.

Getty Museum Open Content

Currently, there are more than 10,000 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program. These include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, and 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks.

Google Art Project

Famous images from museums all over the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Britian, the MFA, Boston, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Famous Artists

The Famous Artists is a collection of artwork and artist bios. Nearly all of the artwork is in the public doman - as always, double check media to ensure copyright compliancy.

From Old Books

High resolution scans of images from antiquarian books available for download.

Hubble Gallery

An expansive collection of Hubble Images including planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more.

Library of Congress

The library contains 14 million images. These include photographs, historical prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and architectural and engineering designs. While international in scope, the collections are particularly strong in materials documenting the history of the United States and the lives, interests, and achievements of the American people.

NASA Image and Video Library

NASA content - images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format - generally are not copyrighted. You may use this material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages .News outlets, schools, and textbook authors may use NASA content without needing explicit permission. NASA content used in a factual manner that does not imply endorsement may be used without needing explicit permission. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

The NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open online access to hundreds of thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of the library. Spanning a wide range of historical eras, geography, and visual media, NYPL Digital Gallery offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more.

Old Book Illustrations

Illustrations scanned from old books. Images include wood engravings or woodcuts, etchings and metal engravings.

U.S. History Images

A collection of images mostly covering the American Civil war. The primary source material comes from books published from as early as 1842 up to 1922.

U.S. National Archives (on flickr)

WebMuseum, Paris

The WebMuseum provides images of famous works of art and includes biographical and historical details about the artwork and the artists.

WikiMedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone in their own language. It acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, but you do not need to belong to one of those projects to use media hosted here.