Free & Open Access Images for non-commercial use
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016
- Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
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- The British Museum
This section lists well-known sources for images for academic and scholarly use with a focus on images suitable for publication. There is an increasing trend on the part of museums to open their archives of public domain images and offer these images free for academic publications, provided they fit certain criteria such as a limited print run. Many institutions discount fees for academic publications, and fee-based image banks frequently have similar policies. Many image banks have reciprocal arrangements with non-US collections.
- Currier Museum of Art Reference Library and Archives
Several institutions and organizations, including the Currier, provide access for education and research purposes to inventories of photographs and slides of museum objects. These databases are provided free of charge and users should adhere to the guidelines governing fair use as outlined by the individual institutions.
- Flickr Commons
Almost everything in the Flickr Commons is downloadable.
- Getty Open Content Program
High resolution images of works from the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute that are in the public domain and may be used freely.
The Getty Research Institute recently added 5,400 images to the Open Content Program.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: LACMA has about 20,000 high-res digital downloads for any use.
- The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art offers high-res downloads for non-commercial use.
- NGA Images
National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
- The Rijksmuseum
Offers high-res digital downloads free for non-commercial use.
- University of Colorado, Boulder
Creative Commons, Open Content, & Public Domain
- The Walters Art Museum
- Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons tries to aggregate a number of institutions' free content.
- Yale Digital Commons
Yale Digital Commons has 250,000 images "without license."