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Finding Images in PHIL

Searching for images in PHIL is easy. Just use the search box in the middle of the homepage at:



NOTE: Images are either "Public Domain" (free use) or "Copyright Protected" (restricted, obtain permission before use)

  • Most of the images in the collection are in the public domain and are thus free of any copyright restrictions. If you look directly beneath the image you will see a fair use statement that tells you if the image is public domain or copyright protected.
  • Permission is not required for public domain images, but we do ask that you credit the original institution and contributor, when known, whenever the image is used in any publicly distributed media.
  • If the image is copyright protected, you will have to contact the content provider to obtain usage permission. PHIL does not have the authority to grant usage for any copyrighted images in the library. If you have difficulty contacting a content provider, we may be able to help, but we cannot act on their behalf.


What is PHIL?

PHIL is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library.

How do I use PHIL to find images?

Just search using the following link: