Digital Photography: Find More Resources

This guide provides information and resources for those planning a career in digital photography.

The Columbus State Library has access to many other resources that photographers or those studying photography may find very useful. This page features some of these other resources. Feel free to reach out to one of our Librarians or Multimedia Support staff if you need additional help finding resources.

What are Good Art & Photography Databases?

Images You Can Use

Searching for Images

The resources listed below contain images that you may use in your projects. Public domain images may be used without restriction, though providing attribution is a courtesy and reflects good academic practice. Images with a Creative Commons license may be used according to the permissions that come with the license. 


  • Cleveland Museum of Art Open Access
    • More than 30,000 art images in the public domain or licensed Creative Commons Zero (CC0), meaning the work has been dedicated to the public domain.
  • Creative Commons Search
    • Search for Creative Commons licensed music, images, and media from several providers.
  • Flickr "The Commons"
    • These are images marked with a "No Known Copyright Restrictions" designation. When searching, make sure to use the search bar which indicates, "Search The Commons."
  • Library of Congress
    • LoC has assembled collections of public domain or copyright-cleared images from its vast digital image database.
  • The Met Open Access Artworks
    • "Enjoy more than 406,000 hi-res images of public domain works from the collection that can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction."
  • NASA
    • NASA content -- images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format -- generally are not copyrighted.
  • National Gallery of Art Images
    • More than 51,000 open access digital images are available for free download and use. The art in the open access collection are presumed in the public domain.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Though the images here are in the public domain, NOAA does require photo credit.
  • New York Public Library Digital Collections
    • When you search for an image in the NYPL collection, filter your results by "Show Only Public Domain."
  • The Noun Project
    • This site contains over two million icons, all licensed CC-BY.
  • Picryl
    • "PICRYL is the largest source for public domain images, documents, music, and videos."
  • Pixabay
    • Free images, vectors, illustrations, and videos are available on Pixabay which do not require attribution. The Pixabay license is not completely in the public domain, but users may alter the images and even use them for commercial purposes.
  • Unsplash
    • The license on Unsplash images is similar to that of a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Attribution is not required but appreciated.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    • "A collection of 52,611,560 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute." Check each image, audio file, or video file for its copyright status or Creative Commons License.

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