Visual Resources


For faculty and students at Johns Hopkins there are a number of image data bases available for academic use, inlcuing ARTStor, CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, Oxford Art Online, and the Index of Christian Art. For more information please see the JHU Sheridan Libraries LibGuide Art History - Images. JHU Krieger School of Arts and Sciences faculty and students may also use the Visual Resources Collection resources and services.

Related Materials

Freely Available Images and Multimedia for Educational Use

Although these sites provide free materials for non-commercial educational/academic use, users are advised to view the terms of agreement or license for each resource before downloading materials.


Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)
Free images for non-commercial academic/educational use.

Burst is a free stock photo site. All the photos on their platform are offered under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means you’re welcome to use the photos for any purpose.

Every Stock Photo
“We are a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free, without advertising, and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.”

Flickr – Creative Commons
 “Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.”

New York Public Library Digital Collections
NYPL Digital Collections provides free and open access to thousands of digital resources; audio, video, webcasts, images, prints, photographs, and texts. Materials downloaded from the NYPL Websites may only be used for personal, educational, or research purposes.  They may not be used for commercial purposes.

Pixabay is a repository for public domain pictures with free vector images, drawings, and photos. Many of the Pixabay images may be used without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications. There are also images available for licensing at reasonable rates.

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)
VADS is a platform for a variety of online image collections at various UK institutions. Image groups come from mostly non-traditional fields of art history, including the London College of Fashion Cordwainers Shoe Collection, Spanish Civil War posters at the Imperial War Museum, suffragette imagery, and public sculpture. The database is free, once the user has registered.

Web Gallery of Art
“Images and documents downloaded from this database can only be used for educational and personal purposes. Distribution of the images in any form is prohibited without the authorization of their legal owner.”

World Images
“The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains almost 75,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes.”


Creative Commons 
“Please note that is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.”

Internet Archive
Source for Moving Images, Audio, Texts, Music and Software. “The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.”

Library of Congress American Memory Collections
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Smithsonian Encyclopedia
Thousands of images, video and sound files from dozens of Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.

Wikimedia Commons 
A database of 5,364,032 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. “You never know what you’re going to get, but it may be splendid.”