Do you need images for your assignment?


Artist Carl Kahlers studio, interior, Melbourne. Courtesy of State Library of Victoria.

You can access some amazing image resources, such as Artstor, through the library.

An increasing number of galleries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions are also making high-quality images from their collections available online for FREE.

This is brilliant for researchers, teachers, and students who can use the images for papers, assignments and teaching. It’s also an amazing resource for artists and designers who can use Creative Commons and copyright free images in their own practice.

Want to find out more about what images you can and can’t repurpose for your own work? Read about Creative Commons here.

There are heaps of free image resources out there. Here are some particularly good ones to check out:

Trove (via the National Library of Australia)
Trove allows you to search content from libraries, museums, archives and other research and collecting organisations relating to Australia. You can find photographs, artworks, posters, postcards and even objects such as puzzles, board games, and instruments. If you find an image that you want to use make sure to check its copyright status.

With Europeana, you can explore over 50,000,000 artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe. If you’re looking for images which to use and remix, you can narrow your search to only include results which you can use with attribution or other restrictions. Europeana also curates its content into collections for easy browsing.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs digital collection is brimming with amazing images; from Dorothea Lange’s iconic photographs documenting the Great Depression to a collection of vintage baseball cards. You can search for specific items or browse by collection. If you want to use any images make sure to check if there are any restrictions on their use.

Getty Open Content Program
With the aim of inspiring creativity and artistic expression, the Getty Open Content Program has made  more than 99,000 digital images available. The Getty hold the rights to these images or they are in the public domain. These can be used for any purpose, no permission required.

For more places to find images online, check out the Images library guide. For specialised help please contact the librarians in Arts, Education and Law.