Collins Memorial Library

Copyright Free Images

The information provided is as accurate as possible. However, some copyright agreements limit use of images for personal, educational, and/or research purposes. It is your responsibility to review the copyright information on each site to ensure that you are abiding by the law. For copyright information go to Digital Images and Copyright. See also the University of Oregon's informative guide Copyright and Art.

  • Digital Imaging Tutorial
  • Introduction to Imaging
  • Advice--Finding and Using Digital Images
  • stock.xchng
    This site offers access to over 97,500 stock images pertaining to a wide variety of subject matter.
  • Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
    9,000 advertising images from Duke University. Concerning copyright, their site states: "The images and texts on this web site have been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. For these purposes you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) materials from this web site without prior permission, on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies."
  • World Atlas
    Concerning copyright, their site states: "Any clip art featured on the pages linked below may be used (without) our written approval on any web site, intranet site or within a document or publication. If you use the clip art we ask for, and would appreciate, a link (of any kind) back to Graphic Maps or"
  • Air Force Link
    Supplies illustrations and photographs of the United States Air Force. These images include historical photographs, images of memorials, operations, and people.
  • American Memory: Selected Civil War Photographs
    This Library of Congress Web site offers over 1,100 Civil War photographs, many of which were either created or supervised by Mathew Brady. Concerning copyright, their site states: "There are no known restrictions on these photographs. However, approximately fifty of the portraits of soldiers (mostly enlisted men) are copies of photographs that the Library of Congress borrowed during the 1950s and early 1960s. (The catalog records for these images contain a note field that begins "Copy photo made by LC . . . ."). After copying, the original photographs were returned to their owners but the Library did not retain a record of the owner's names and addresses. The Library is not aware of any restrictions on these images, but is anxious to hear from individuals or institutions that own the original photographs or who know of their history."
  • ARS Image Gallery
    The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA image gallery includes beautiful color images of animals, crops, fruits and vegetables, insects, and various other topics.
  • Free Images and Stock Photography
    This site affords access to over 2,500 stock photos.
  • gives access to over 27,000 free photos and images. "The images and photos found in this archive come from three main sources: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Each of these sites clearly state that their photos and images are in the public domain and give the conditions for their use. Please read their statements."
  • Graphics for Teachers
    This site provides links for other sites offering backgrounds, borders, border sets, clip art, and animations.
  • Pics4Learning: Copyright-friendly Images for Education
    This site offers images on a wide variety of topics including American Sign Language, Animals, Maps, Weather, the Ocean, and Natural Disasters. "The Pics4Learning collection is intended to provide copyright friendly images for use by students and teachers in an educational setting. The original photographers of each image retain the copyright to these images and have graciously allowed their use in this collection. The images may not be sold as an image collection or partial image collection. Images in the Pics4Learning collection may be used by teachers and students in print, multimedia, and video productions. These could include, but are not limited to, school projects, contests, web pages, and fund raising activities for the express purpose of improving student educational opportunities."