Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Internet Explorer 11 Will No Longer Be Supported as of November 20, 2020. Read More...

Images: Search for Free-to-Use Images

What are usage rights?

Usage rights tell the user what they can and cannot legally do with images that they wish to reuse.

A Brief Summary of Types of Usage Rights (from Google Support)

  • Free to use or share: Allows you to copy or redistribute its content if the content remains unchanged.
  • Free to use, share, or modify: Allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.
  • Commercially: If you want content for commercial use, be sure to select an option that includes the word "commercially"

Find more information on this topic at:

Copyright-Friendly Pictures, Videos, and Sounds

For a quick guide and explanation of where to find media for classroom projects, visit the list made by Richard Byrne, of Free Technology for Teachers site and newsletter, available as a Google Doc or as a PDF (via Box).

Image Searching

Use Creative Commons to look for images that have licenses that fit your use, or to see if you can locate the license for a particular image that you have.

  • If you are unsure if permission has been granted to use an image, try checking at Creative Commons
  • Enter terms in their Search Query to look for the exact image, or to see if a similar image is available with appropriate licenses to use for your situation.  
  • Check the CC license for each image you wish to use regarding use, attribution, etc.

Recommended Image Repositories

NOTE: You may need to do your image search by License/Usage rights at these sites. 
Hover over the title of the resource to get additional information. ALWAYS check images rights and restrictions prior to using an image.