A set of digital collections containing images from items in the University's Special Collections, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery along with faculty and student scholarship.
Google provides both basic and advanced image searching for over 1 billion images. Google's Advanced Image Search searching allows you to limit results based on usage rights, by size and quite a bit more.
Provides for searching across a massive number of digital collections located in libraries, archives and museums throughout the United States. Includes georeferences and timelines.
30 Million items from a range of Europe's galleries, archives, libraries and museums.
Flickr provides a search specifically designed to locate works that are offered under the Creative Commons license.
Search.creativecommons.org offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. Note that selecting different search options within the result list—particularly Image search for Google and Yahoo—may lead to the inclusion of results which are not Creative Commons licensed.
Contains over 5 million images and other archived materials relating to American culture and history. Guidelines for citing and reproducing images are also included.
Associated with the Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons searches the images available in the online Wikipedia encyclopedia. Click on an image to view copyright restrictions.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
- Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
- National Marine Sanctuaries
- Operational Significant Event Imagery
- Photo library
- Public Domain Tornado Images
- Tornados - National Severe Storms Laboratory Album
National Park Service
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- Earth Observatory
- Near-Earth Object Program
- NASA Images
- National Space Science Data Center
- Visible Earth - a searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth
U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Central Regional Library maintains a collection of over 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from 1868 to the present.
These images provide a visual history of the discovery, development, and sciences of the United States and its Geological Survey. Some photographs have been used in USGS publications, but most have never been published.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Image Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video and that are in the public domain.
Bioscience Imagebank This consists of freely available images contributed by academics, researchers, Learned Societies, industry and individuals with rights cleared for educational purposes.
Additional Image Databases and Websites - derived from Skidmore Library's list:
- Archives of American Art Image Gallery
- Art Resource
- Arts Council Collection