All images on the web are copyrighted unless specified otherwise. Some are owned by big companies, such as Disney. These companies search the Internet for unauthorized use of their images and they do prosecute. This page lists free images sites and how to download images.
- Flickr Creative Commons Pool
Images that Flickr users have made available under a Creative Commons license.
- Flickr Commons
Links to images made available by cultural institutions that have "reasonably concluded" that the images are free of copyright.
- U.S. Government Photos and Images
Be sure to read the permissions for any images that you want to use. Some are protected by license.
- New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Check permissions on any images you may wish to use. "The Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more."
- Google Images
Search for images on US .gov sites. These are in the public domain.
- Wikimedia Commons
Search by topic, author, location, media type, license, source.
- Morgue File
“[F]ree image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.”
Stock photo site where you can contribute as well as retrieve images.
- Everystockphoto search engine
A search engine for free photos from many sources. Photos are license-specific. Click license icon, bottom left of photos. Free membership.
- Techradar –
Annotated list of free image sites.
- Microsoft Clipart Gallery
- TheFreeSite.com (metasite)
Click Full Gallery Listing, then choose a subject. Or – do a keyword search.
- UNCG’s Clipart Site
This site is maintained by Tim Bucknall of electronic information resources librarian at Jackson Library. Be sure to read his notice at the bottom of the page.
Downloading an Image
- Right click (Mac users hold down mouse) on the image and choose Save Picture As.
- Choose a folder and save your image.
Note: your image must be in .jpg, .gif, or .png format to display on the web.