Free open resources
Lots of sites provide free access to images and other content you might find useful. Here's a list of resources that are free of charge and have permissive free reuse rights.
- Creative Commons Search: search for Creative Commons licensed content across a number of sites
- Flickr: a photo community site that allows you to search for images according to Creative Commons licence. If you find a photo you want to use make sure you have permission and always provide a credit
- Wikimedia Commons: a collection of Creative Commons licensed and Public Domain (out of copyright) images and media
- VADS: the online resource for visual arts: digital images available for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK
- Artstor: image resource for education and scholarly use
- Unsplash: high resolution images available under a free reuse licence
- The Noun Project: free community created icons
- OER Commons: public digital library of open educational resources
- Europeana: search for digitised content from Europe’s cultural heritage institutions.
Stock image libraries
Some stock image libraries allow use of their content free of charge for personal use. However, most commercial stock image libraries don't allow you to use their content professionally unless you have a licence or are prepared to pay a fee.
Use of images for web content
If you're sharing other people’s work on social media, make sure you either have permission or that your use is covered by a copyright exception.
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