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Open Access Resources

context and copyright

Images made available under a Creative Commons licence, or images which are in the public domain, can be used for educational purposes without infringing copyright.

Whilst most of the collections below contain only their own images, it is not uncommon for some sites (eg Stocksnap, Pixabay) to include promotional content from other companies on their pages. Please ensure that if you are selecting images from these sites, they are not from another source and they are available under a Creative Commons licence.

It is good practice (and usually a licence requirement) to include an attribution with any image you use. Check a site's/image's terms and conditions to see what details are required in the attribution.

Image Databases

General image collections

Discipline focused collections


Australian Libraries - Digital Collections