John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Libraries


A selection of images is available on their website. Full search is available through Pro-Quest with institutional access or a log-in on

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


After that, ‘Reproduction is free of charge for theses and articles in academic journals and is reduced for academic monographs.’

Reproduction of images

If you have found an image or an item which you wish to reproduce, please contact the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection who will be able to check the shelfmark, give you the correct form of citation, supply the image file reference (where applicable) and check the copyright status of items not yet photographed.

When you have this information, you should complete the standard Imaging Services order form (PDF, 125kb). You must also complete an Application for Permission to Reproduce. There are separate forms for non-electronic reproduction (PDF, 79kb) and electronic reproduction (PDF, 45kb). Reproduction is free of charge for theses and articles in academic journals and is reduced for academic monographs. However, you must obtain permission prior to publication.

Full information is given at on the Bodleian’s Copyright pages.


John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Libraries

National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich


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 £50 spend applies per order.’

UP TO 3000 30%
UP TO 2000 50%
UP TO 1000 100%

The £50 minimum fee is a cost but the images available for this cost if the conditions are fulfilled makes this offer a bargain. File under ‘nearly free’.

In addition:

‘Conditions of free images

As long as low resolution files are already available on the Picture Library website: can download these files for free under the following conditions:

  • Academic Press publications, scholarly journals and self-published family history books with a print or e-book run under 500.
    (this does not include front or back cover use which does incur a fee).
  • Academic thesis and student essays, which are not being published.
  • Free educational lectures or classes.
  • Private websites and blogs with a primarily informational purpose.
  • Low resolution files are 72 dpi and 800 pixels maximum length.
  • A maximum of 15 low resolution images can be used in any single project.
  • If you re-print the project at a later date, then a fee would need to be paid for the re-print.

High resolution files are subject to a fee.’


National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich

New York Public Library Public Domain Images

Website: full collections –

Public domain images –✓&keywords=&filters[rights][]=pd

Conditions: Some free, some with minimal charge for publication

Even though we believe the images we have uploaded to The Commons on Flickr are in the “public domain” and thus not subject to copyright restrictions, these photos may be subject to other third party rights, such as rights of privacy and rights of publicity. In all instances, you are required to obtain all necessary permissions before using our photos. For example, if you find a photo from NYPL’s collections that includes a person, you would be responsible for obtaining the permission of the person in the photo before you use the photo. Please read the Terms and Conditions of our website for more detailed information about these issues:

Fee Schedule below lists one-time fees per image to access high resolution TIFF files. The Library does not charge additional permission fees to use such material nor does it place restrictions on usage or any future usage. The Library also does not provide “permission” or “licensing” agreements for these images.

Existing File from Digital Collections New Digital Photography
Individuals $50 $50


New York Public Library Public Domain Images