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Open Educational Resources

Where to Find Open Images

There are many places online to find free images that you can use. To be safe, remember to always double-check the licensing conditions of individual items. Here are some sites that we recommend:


Creative Commons Search
A meta-search tool. Can be used to find CC-licensed images on Google Images, Fotopedia, Europeana, etc. 

Flickr Creative Commons Search
Look under the “Additional Info” on an image page for licensing info and terms of use

Pixabay, Pexels and Unsplash
Free high-resolution stock photos depicting a wide variety of subjects. 

Wikimedia Commons
20 million freely usable image, sound, and video files. All files are Public Domain or CC-licensed. Check the “Licensing” section for an image to find any terms and conditions for reuse / instructions on attribution.

The WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project.It contains approximately 100,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.