Public Domain, Copyright Free, Open Source, and Student Use Images and Media
This page provides links to some of the better copyright-free and public domain resources. The advice on this page is not a legal opinion. The ideas are intended for educators and librarians who wish to locate quality, copyright-friendly materials for educational, noncommercial, and nonprofit projects.
NOTE: Not all of these resources are copyright free, but most allow student to use and cite the projects in their assignments.
Large Image Resources and Indexes
- ARS (Agricultural Research Service) Image Gallery
- Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) by A. T. Kohl
- Free Public Domain Images – small collection
- Great Images in NASA
- NASA Multimedia Gallery (Images, video, and interactive features)
- NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Photo Library – search 20,000 NOAA images
- Planetary Photojournal from NASA
- US Fish and Wildlife Service: Pictures/Graphics
Images on Specific Topics
Few Other Sources With Varying Restrictions
The following sites contain some photographs and/or that may also require payment or permission for use. Read the copyright sections at each site to determine exact restrictions.
You should go directly to the original source and obtain your own copy of the public domain image rather than copying a copy. You do not have the right to modify the work of the copyright owner without permission.
Under the Fair Use are of the law, copyrighted material can be used for teaching, research, or scholarship. It may also be used for editorials, criticism, or commentaries. Materials may also be used as part of news reporting. However, you must consider the portion of the copyrighted work you use.
Some companies such as Disney are particularly concerned about their trademarks and logos. Be aware of these companies.