Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017     Views: 352

It is not recommended practice to simply copy and use images that you find on the Internet or via Google without checking copyright permissions, as this can lead to prosecutions and hefty fines. Check the Library Services Art & Design guide to Images for a full range of helpful resources on using images.

Manchester Metropolitan University Staff can apply to use images taken by Manchester Metropolitan University's in-house photographic team and stored in the  Image bank - please allow time for these applications as you are requesting permission to download them and different usage rights apply. This collection is really useful if you need pictures relating to Manchester Metropolitan University / faculty buildings / student learning. 

For help with adding attribution to photographs, see Best Practices for Attribution by Creative Commons. 

Here are some Creative Commons resources for obtaining copyright cleared images for use in your work, please credit them if using: when using third-party images, it is essential that you give a full acknowledgement or attribution of the source; this is good academic practice at all times. Remember to check the terms of use for any image you find, as these will vary.

  • Creative Commons
    A non-profit organisation that provides licensing information aimed at achieving a mutual sharing and flexible approach to copyright. Their easy-to-use copyright licences provide a simple, standardised way to give the public permission to share and use creative work. CC licences let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
  • Open Clipart
    Openclipart is the largest community of artists making the best free original clipart for anyone to use for absolutely any reason. The entire collection is available free to download. All images are dedicated to the public domain by their contributors and are stored in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, with thumbnails in Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format.
  • Open Photo
    The Open Photo Project is a photo sharing platform created in 1998 by Michael Jastremski. Contributors have offered their images free of charge under terms of Creative Commons licensing. License terms and conditions vary from image to image.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    Wikimedia Commons is a media repository which hosts images, sound and video clips under a number of open licences.
  • Everystockphoto
    Everystockphoto searches millions of freely licensed photos, from various sources and presents them in an integrated search.
  • Flickr
    Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license; you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
  • British Library Flickr Commons account The British Library’s collections offers access to millions of public domain images, which the Library encourages you to explore and re-use. The release of these collections into the public domain represent the Library’s desire to improve knowledge of and about them, to enable novel and unexpected ways of using them, and to begin working with researchers to explore and interpret large scale digital collections.
  • FreeFoto
    FreeFoto.com claims to be the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet. Some images are free to use with attribution for non-commercial purposes and others are licensed under Creative Commons licences. Images may be used for educational purposes and to be used online and in social media, provided users give credit and a link to the website.
  • morgueFile
    morgueFile contains a library of free-to-use high resolution photos.
  • Pixabay Free-to-use high quality images and videos, attribution not even necessary.
  • Public Domain Pictures
    PublicDomainPictures.net is a repository for free public domain images, though some terms of use still apply so be sure to check.