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Many images, particularly from the U.S. government, are public domain and may be used with proper attribution. For help understanding copyright and fair use for images, see Library of Congress' Online Modules.

Name Subject Description Copyright Information
agriculture, botany, animals
2000+ digital photos from the Agriculture Research Services Information Staff. Downloadable images available in several sizes.
Contact Photo Unit at or call 301-504-1606.
maps, history
Digital maps related to U.S. history; includes material on African-American diaspora, the Civil War, the Everglades, Liberia, the Louisiana Purchase, railroads, the Revolutionary War, the Westward expansion.
history, popular culture
Photographs and prints from U.S. history: advertising, architecture, baseball, the Civil War, conservation, North American Indians, presidents and first ladies, quilts, women's history, etc.   
animals, wildlife
Photos and some videos of the world's animals, from the U.S. National Zoo. Includes descriptive matter and links to factsheets.   
stamps, philately
Images of stamps from the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.
animals, plants, environment
From the BBC. Photos and videos of endangered plants and animals.
Personal and educational use allowed. See Terms of Use.
fine art
Artwork found in museums worldwide. Search by artist, title, or museum. Browse by name, medium, subject, nationality, movements.
geology, planets
Photos, images, movies, animations, and maps of the Earth, Moon, and other planetary bodies.
A set of 9 maps, each 10x the scale of the previous, designed to give viewers an idea of the scale of the universe.
Available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. See Copyright for details.
fine art, illustrations, portraits
An online art collection included in our subscription to Credo Reference.
Material in Credo is licensed for use. Images include permalinks and formatted citations in various styles.
Images from the past 3000 years. Subjects include buildings, entertainment, exploration, historical events, industry & agriculture, law & politics, maps, medicine, the military, the natural world, personalities, religions, science & technology, the seasons, trade, and transportation.    
fine art, history
95,000+ art images—photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture--worldwide in scope, from prehistoric to contemporary times.
CAMIO is a subscription database. Images are rights-cleared for educational use with appropriate credit.
maps, history
18th-19th century maps digitized from atlases, globes, school geography texts, books, maritime charts, plus pocket, wall, and children's maps.
Images may be reproduced or transmitted. For commercial use or republication, contact Licensed under a Creative Commons License.
military, current events
Images from the Department of Defense; includes still, motion, and multimedia images.
The world's public photography archives provided by Flickr in collaboration with the Library of Congress. Material comes from digital archives of many national libraries, museums, and universities.  
Images have "no known copyright restrictions." See the Rights Statement.
history, environment, geology, nature
Photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories, from 1868 to the present, provide a visual history of the discovery, development, and sciences of the USGS.
Images are available to view and download at no charge. See
maps, agriculture, economics, health, social measures, transportation
Create maps displaying statistical information on agriculture, biology, ecology, economics, health, transportation, more.
Search for and find books on a topic. (Use advanced search to limit results to "full view" books.) Illustrations are viewable under the "About this Book" link. Once you've opened a book, you'll see a toolbar.  With the "clip" tool, you can create and embed links.  
Full view books are in public domain.
business, charts, graphs, tables
Searches images from fulltext journal articles found in EBSCOHost databases.
Licensed for use in educational presentations consistent with the Copyright Act of 1976. Instructions for citing images are included.
Images from participating archives, libraries, museums and universities from across Canada
Permission is granted to reproduce images for non-commercial purposes. See Copyright conditions.
medicine, history
Portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art on social and historical aspects of medicine (15th-20th centuries).
Space-based land remote sensing data from the past 40 years.
maps, geography
From the National Geographic Society. Create maps based on physical and human systems.
geology, oceans
Animations and 3D images of the ocean floor, coastal regions, the Great Lakes, and natural and geologic hazards.
Credit the underlying data sources/funding institutions and credit NOAA/NGDC for the image.
fine art
American decorative arts, painting, and sculpture; European painting and sculpture; Egyptian Art; Greek and Roman Art; Asian Art; Islamic Art; Near Eastern Art; the art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; textiles; photos; costume (Ancient to modern times). 
Limited non-commercial use; for details, see Terms and Conditions
reference photographs
Contemporary photographs of common objects
Images are freely available for use. See the License.
fine art, popular culture, advertising
Links to current and archived exhibits from a variety of museums and galleries.
Copyright varies by originating museum
fine art
Artists and art works held by the National Gallery. Descriptions and metadata included along with images (1250-1900s).
Limited non-commercial, domestic use by an individual involving the making of only single copies permitted.
fine art
Paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs and the decorative arts (13th century-present).
For personal, educational, non-commercial use only. See Terms of Use.
Images from various marine sanctuaries in U.S. waters.
For publication of imagery used on this site, please contact Other educational use implied.
Ground-based optical images captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory; also includes images of telescopes and instruments.
Images from the national parks of the U.S.; available for download in JPEG, Photo CD, or TIFF files. Browse by park or special subject.
Credit photographs to the National Park Service.
fine art, history
Images of persons significant in the culture and history of Great Britain.
fine art, history
Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photos of persons who have made significant contributions to the history and culture of the United States.
Images, videos, audios, and other multimedia files
history, popular culture
685,000 images from the NYPL's digital collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more (900-present).
Images related to oceanography, fisheries, and coastlines. Includes historic fishery illustrations.
Credit NOAA. Where noted, credit the photographer and his/her affiliated organization. See About Images.
maps, economics, geography, social measures
Large online collection of world maps from the University of Texas at Austin.
For usage, see FAQ.
history, society, culture
Collaborative effort of the George Eastman House and ICP in providing online resources for the study of photography
400,000+ photos and line drawings of U.S. plants; includes descriptions.
Catalog records and digital images of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and other units of the Library of Congress.
Images plus multimedia files related to health and healthcare with special collections including sections on bioterrorism, natural disasters, influenza, and more.
PHIL Images are copyright cleared and readily available for use in copy or on web sites.
space, the sun
Visual resources on the Sun with links to on-board instruments; downloadable data also available.
Use is strongly encouraged; giving credit is requested. See Use and copyright notice.
Views of the earth from space, showing geographic regions of the world. Topics include agriculture, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, human dimensions, hydrosphere, land, oceans, paleoclimate, radiance, solar physics, the solid earth, and earth/sun interactions.  
Give credit when using. See Terms of Use for instructions.
Complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Transverse CT, MR and cryosection images.
Government information at NLM Web sites is in the public domain; any use should be credited; see Copyright.