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Images, Video, and Audio Resources

grid of four images representing a variety of graphics and photographyMany of the repositories listed here contain images that are in the public domain (not subject to copyright) and others have varying levels of permissions for use. We recommend that you check the terms of use on each website.

To read about copyright, fair use, the TEACH Act, and Creative Commons, see Intellectual Property and Copyright. Another helpful article is on the Social Media Examiner Website.

Guide to citing images properly: from UVM Libraries.


Searching Tip:
» Go to Google Image Search:
» To find a photo of a subject
  on a specific website include
  "site:" followed by the url
  and your search term, e.g.:
  Example 1. Lincoln
  Example 2. Jupiter
  Example 3. Poster

Free Image Editing Sites
» (simpler)
» (more advanced)


General Collections

The following collections include artworks and photography, historical and contemporary, spanning topics from architecture and science to objects, people, and the natural world.

British Library on Flickr
The British Library has released over 1 million images on Flickr for anyone to use, remix, or repurpose. Read about the collection here. Access the Flickr collection here.

Creative Commons Search Page
Portal to search Flickr, Fotopedia, Google Images, Pixabay, and more.

Creative Commons – Photos: huge mix of historical and contemporary photos (and works of art)
Encyclopedia of Life (Pool)
Eye for Science
NPR Look at This (Pool)
Smithsonian Institution Then and Now (Pool)

Getty Search Gateway
The Getty Museum shares nearly 90,000 images in their Open Content Program.

Images shared by photographers and designers
Free, "copyright-friendly" images for education
Thousands of free photos along with inexpensive professional stock photography

U.S. Government
Smithsonian Digital Collections
Photography from the State Department on Flickr
Library of Congress on Flickr

Vintage Printable
Image topics include animals, art, botanical, color, entertainment, environment, geopolitical, juvenile, medieval, portrait, printed, science.

WikiMedia Commons
A huge source of media files of varying copyright, including public domain and Creative Commons licensed work

Wikipedia Public Domain Images
Another list of image resources

Agricultural and Natural Resources

Images of the natural world can also be found, above, in the general collections and
the science collections, below.

National Park Service
Small collection of beautiful, high-resolution National Park photographs in public the domain

NOAA Photo Library
Thousands of images spanning centuries and topics such as weather, space, fisheries, animal sanctuaries, etc.

USDA Gallery of Plant Images
The PLANTS Gallery emphasizes photos and line drawings of U.S. plants but also contains many cultivated or foreign taxa

U.S. Bureau of Land Management: Flickr
Wide variety of public domain photos, landscapes, structures, animals, historical and contemporary

USDA Agricultural Research Service Image Gallery
Animals, crops, insects, etc.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services
Natural resource and conservation related imagery

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services: Flickr
Links to thousands of photos organized by region

Art & Art History

Images in this categories of art and design can also be found in the general collections, below.

The Athenaeum
Over 90,000 art works

Artstor Subject Guides
Artstor Permitted and Prohibited Uses
1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Free registration required

Comic Book +
Vast collection of public domain images from comic books.

Getty Search Gateway
The Getty Museum shares nearly 90,000 images in their Open Content Program.

Google Art Project
An archive of 30,000 artworks and growing. These images aren't for downloading, but with a google log in, you can create your own slide shows and share them.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Online
The Metropolitan Museum's initiative—called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC)—provides access to images of art in its collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restrictions. The identifier is [OASC] indicated on the object's main page.

NY Public Library Digital Collections
Portal to a variety of collections at the NYPL

Rijksmuseum's Rijks Studio Project
Vast collection of works that can be downloaded and modified for non-commercial use


Historical image may also be found in the general collections, above, and science collections, below.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Maps: Historical

The History Project: University of California, Davis
Nearly 9,000 images from members of UC Davis History Department on topics such as religion, civil war, revolution, agriculture, slavery and abolition, imperialism, industrialization, arts and architecture, politics, propaganda, WWII Internment, Native Americans, and revolution.

Library of Congress: American Memory
Multi-format collections organized by topic

Library of Congress: Flickr Photostream
Pilot program to open photo vault to public

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
Includes photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings

Medicine, Images from the History of
The US National Library of Medicine image gallery

New Old Stock
A collection of vintage photos from a variety of historical archives from around the world - all pulled from

NY Public Library Digital Collections

Shorpy Historic Photo Archive
Photos: Historical

UVM Landscape Change Program
Large collection of historical photos of Vermont

Wellcome Images
Historical & Contemporary images freely available images for academic teaching or study use - over 250,000 images

WW1 Photos and documents: National Archive of the Netherlands
Historical & photos of WW1 available now to the public.


Images in this category may also be found in the general collections, above.

Cell Image Library
A freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.

Medicine, Images from the History of
The US National Library of Medicine image gallery

- Space related imagery
- "Great Images in NASA"
- HubbleSite
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Planetary Photo Journal

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library
High resolution photos (and video) of marine life and human impact

NOAA Image Library
Thousands of images spanning centuries and topics such as weather, space, fisheries, animal sanctuaries, etc.

U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Health Image Library - Most images are in the public domain, some have copyright restrictions.

U.S. Government Portal to Graphics Libraries
General Government; History, Arts, and Culture; Health and Nutrition; Environment, Energy, and Agriculture; Science and Technology; Money; Defense and International Relations; Public Safety and Law

U.S. Geological Survey
Topo Maps and Historical Topo Maps; Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images

U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
Historical photos of geologic features and events

WikiMedia Commons
Over 24 million "freely usable" media files

Wikipedia Public Domain Images
Another list of image resources

Miscellaneous Graphic Resources

Quirky collection of book illustrations about science, history, obscure visual materials

FOBO: From Old
Pictures, Engravings & Extracts From Old Books

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact-based world view.
Visual representations of statistical facts

Old Book Illustrations
As the title describes, these are images from old books, now in the public domain.

State Photo Galleries listed on the USA Government website.
Linking to Flickr photo collections by state

U.S. Government Photos and Images
A portal to vast list of government image galleries


If you are going to link to a video or audio file in a course, you will want to make sure that it is captioned or subtitled. Some of the sites below have captioning available on their videos. If they do not, you can use a web-based captioning application such as Amara.

General Video Collections

"A Knowledge Forum" with a wide range of videos and articles on the issues of today

Closer to Truth
Videos featuring leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers

Cosmo Learning
Videos on a wide variety of educational topics

Intelligent YouTube Channels
From Open Culture

EduTube: Thousands of educational videos (via youTube)

European Film Gateway
Portal to 100's of thousands of archives of historical film and ephemera

Internet Archive's Moving Images library
Repository of movies and video in the public domain

Kanopy Streaming Video Service
UVM Libraries has a membership to this extensive collection with thousands of videos in Arts, Business/Training, Health, Media/Comm, Sciences, Humanities, and Education(k-12). Videos can be viewed immediately on the site if using a computer on campus (or connected to the network through VPN), but you'll need to create a free account to make playlists, clips, or to embed videos in Blackboard.

Library of Congress: Webcasts

Library of Congress: YouTube channel

National Jukebox
The Library of Congress collection of historical recordings

NBC Learn
Videos of NBC News pieces

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library
Video clips of marine life and human impact

NOVA Teachers
Videos of Nova programs and short Nova ScienceNOW pieces.

Online Movie Collection
Several hundred free movies online: great classics, indies, noir, westerns, etc.

A growing collection of video tutorials on a broad range of academic subjects

Prelinger Archives
Large collection of films related American cultural history and development of the landscape.

Princeton Media Central A variety of special lectures by authors, journalists, faculty, etc.

RSA Events From the UK, recorded talks by scholars, scientists, philosophers, etc.

Shakespeare at MIT, Global A video archive of performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world.

The Smithsonian Channel A variety of videos on Science, Nature, Air & Space, Culture, and History.

Snagfilms Documentaries
Documentaries in all categories

Videos of "riveting talks by remarkable people"

Enormous collection of educational talks, lessons, and creative works

UVM Library Streaming Video Resources
UVM Libraries streaming video collections. To access these sites, you must be on the UVM network, or logged in with the Cisco VPN Client (read more about VPN)

WikiMedia Commons
A database of over 16 million freely usable media files organized by topic

Academic/Educational Video Sources

Academic Earth
Videos of academic lectures

iTunes: Berkeley
UC Berkeley lectures - iTunes required (free download)

iTunes: Stanford
Stanford University lectures- iTunes required (free download)

John Locker: Educational Videos from Across the Web

Khan Academy
3,900 videos covering math, science, and humanities for k-12+

MIT Video Gateway
Lectures at MIT

Open Culture Audio Books Fiction, Non Fiction, and Poetry

Open Culture Science Videos From Astronomy to Physics



MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community.

Arts: Architecture; Art Education; Art History; Ceramics; Cinema; Dance; Design; Drawing and Painting; Fiber; Film, Video, and Electronic Arts; Fine Arts; General; Graphic Design, Illustration, and Animation; Metal and Jewelry; Music; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture; Theatre

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