Free Images, Videos, Music, & Texts Instructors Can Legally Use in Courses

This guide compiles resources where faculty can find free images, videos, music, and texts to legally use in their classes, and also provides a brief overview of copyright and fair use.

Best Bets for General Images - Try These First!

Other Free Image Collections

You are responsible for reading the terms of service and the copyright information provided by each and every website to ensure you are within legal limits to use the photos. In general, these photos are available for Fair Use, but you'll need to read their terms to discover whether or not you need to cite them and how to cite them.

Some Disciplinary Collections

For collections from federal agencies: Government works are public domain unless otherwise noted, but verify permissions

Museum Open Repositories

Verify Your Rights

The copyright owner has exclusive rights to control reproduction, distribution, performance, & display of the work, and the preparation of derivative works.

Be sure to verify the licensing / permissions for re-use on the individual image you wish to use.

Images Depicting Diverse People

Note: Collection themes overlap, e.g., Disabled and Here includes disabled LGBTQIA representation.

Licenses vary by collection, so verify reuse permissions carefully.

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