Where to find reusable images

This page has been created to help you discover reusable images.  The best place to start is with the Creative Commons CC Search.   This is a federated search engine combining Google Images, Flickr, Wikimedia Commons  and more.  You can limit your search to include particular licence terms and it is particularly useful as it gives the exact text to be used for attribution.

You can find more information from our tutorial Discovering and using images, graphs, charts, and figures.

Some other sites where you will find images which are in the public domain or have a Creative Commons licence are listed below.  However, do remember to check the terms of use as these will vary.

Pixabay

Pixabay is a community of creatives, sharing copyright free images, videos and music. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission - even for commercial purposes.  Attribution not required, but appreciated.

Pexels Pexels offers free stock photos you can use anywhere including for commercial purposes.  Attribution recommended. All contents are released under the Pexels License.  Attribution not required, but appreciated 
Cupcake

All photos on Cupcake are licensed under the Creative Commons license CC0, which means that you are free to use the images without any costs. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission.  Attribution not required, but appreciated.

Unsplash

All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.  All contents are released under the Unsplash License. Attribution not required, but appreciated.

Wellcome Collection Images Wellcome Collection Images includes thousands of Creative Commons licensed images from historical library materials and museum objects to contemporary digital photographs
University of Sheffield Digital Special Collections Digital Special Collections - You may use the images for private study without seeking permission. You may also use for strictly educational purposes such as powerpoint presentations or student handouts. Please use this statement for acknowledgement: “Reproduced with permission of the University of Sheffield”
University of Sheffield National Fairground & Circus Archive National Fairground & Circus Archive - You may use the images for private study without seeking permission. You may also use for strictly educational purposes such as powerpoint presentations or student handouts. Please use this statement for acknowledgement: “Reproduced with permission of the University of Sheffield”