York Museums Trust

Website: https://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/collections/ Conditions: Collections Image Policy A few key points to remember about the images that YMT has published on its online collection: All images currently published in the online collection are free from known third-party copyright restrictions All images in the online collection are free to download All images in the online collection are … Continue reading York Museums Trust


Institute of Realism of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period – REALonline

Website: http://realonline.imareal.sbg.ac.at A website hosted by the University of Salzburg, containing searchable files of images and objects from the Middle Ages. The website is entirely in German, and the English search function doesn't appear to work. If you can negotiate through the somewhat cumbersome search interface there are wonderful pictures. Once you have selected images choose … Continue reading Institute of Realism of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period – REALonline

City of Antwerp Museums

Website: https://dams.antwerpen.be Institutions: includes the Rubens House, Plantin Moretus Museum (printing), Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, MAS and more. Their online collections database is being constantly updated. The interface is available on in Dutch at the moment. There are some guides to searching here: https://dams.antwerpen.be/api/lod-search The images are available for download directly as low res JPEGs or high … Continue reading City of Antwerp Museums

BnF – Bibliothèque nationale de France

Website: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/recherche-uni-images-cartes.do?pageRech=imc Conditions: in summary Some commercial use of images may be free. There are two sources on the website: one says free, one says a charge Non commercial use is definitely free Images which are already digitised and online are available at high-res free of charge If a reproduction charge is made, there is an 80% reduction … Continue reading BnF – Bibliothèque nationale de France

John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Libraries

Website: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/johnson/jj-images/galleries A selection of images is available on their website. Full search is available through Pro-Quest with institutional access or a log-in on http://johnjohnson.chadwyck.co.uk/home.do Conditions: This one is a low cost service. There are costs involved in providing the image but these are scaled to image size and quality See: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/copy/imaging_services After that, 'Reproduction is free of charge … Continue reading John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Libraries

State Library of NSW

Website: https://primo-slnsw.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=SLNSW&tab=default_tab&sortby=rank http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au Conditions: Copyright and access information Except where otherwise noted, the Library’s datasets are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license. Any projects using State Library of NSW data in any way should be released under this same CC BY 3.0 AU license. For more information, you can see further definition of the … Continue reading State Library of NSW

Art Images for College Teaching

Website: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/aict/ Conditions: Permission is herin granted: to academic institutions to use these images freely and without further authorization in conjunction with educational activities such as teaching, research, and scholarly publication; to academic personnel for creative utilization of these images--including electronic enhancement, modification, manipulation, or combination with other free use images--in conjunction with teaching and … Continue reading Art Images for College Teaching


Website: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ Conditions: Download free and premium stock photos and illustrations for websites, advertising materials, newspapers, magazines, ebooks, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications and much more. All our free images are of high quality, produced by our community of professional stock photographers and digital illustrators. Royalty free photos for business and personal … Continue reading FreeDigitalPhotos.net

National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich

Website: http://images.rmg.co.uk/en/page/show_home_page.html Conditions: Getting images free from the NMM requires fulfilling certain conditions. They give a 100% academic discount for runs below 1000 editions, as below. 'Discounts on reproduction fees are available for images used on interior pages of scholarly and not-for-profit publications, see the table below. This discount does not include supply fees. A minimum … Continue reading National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich

The Lewis Walpole Library

Website: http://images.library.yale.edu/walpoleweb/ Collection: The Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images Collection (commonly referred to as the "DL") presents images of visual materials from Library's collection. The majority of the Library's world-renowned collection of English caricatures and political satirical prints from the late-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries are presented in the Digital Image Collection, including works by … Continue reading The Lewis Walpole Library

Openn, Primary Digital Resources (University of Pennsylvania)

Website: http://openn.library.upenn.edu Conditions: OPenn contains complete sets of high-resolution archival images of cultural heritage material from the collections of its contributing institutions, along with machine-readable descriptive and technical metadata. All materials on OPenn are in the public domain or released under Creative Commons licenses as Free Cultural Works. Please see specific collections and documents for applicable … Continue reading Openn, Primary Digital Resources (University of Pennsylvania)


Website: https://pixabay.com Conditions: On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 as public domain. You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy … Continue reading Pixabay

Flickr, Creative Commons Licensed Images

Website: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons Conditions: A range of access permissions as below. May be hard to find a specific image but is a huge and ever updating source. Attribution means: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit. Noncommercialmeans: You let … Continue reading Flickr, Creative Commons Licensed Images


Every academic author knows the pain of getting the image permissions for their articles, books and other publications. It takes a huge amount of time, money and frustration. However, many institutions will allow free reproduction of images of their collections for academic publications if they fulfil certain criteria, depending on the institution. This site lists those … Continue reading Why?