All members of the BYU community—faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and patrons—are expected to respect the rights of copyright owners. When copyrighted content is needed, it should either be a) obtained from an authorized source, b) analyzed for a fair use, or c) covered by the teaching exemption when only used in class. Please refer to our Fair Use and Teaching and Copyright tabs for more information on when those exemptions would apply. Or contact our office for guidance on specific situations.
Although BYU does not endorse any particular sources of copyrighted content, the following resources may be helpful to members of the BYU community who are seeking legitimate sources of online content. In many cases, such content is available at no cost under a creative commons license, or in the public domain and free to use for any purpose without paying royalties.
BYU Library image Databases – The HBLL has purchased subscriptions for the use of hundreds of thousands of images in various galleries in classrooms and for scholarly purposes. To see the specific terms for each database, click here.
Unsplash – Professional photographers giving photos away for free! | Credit Appreciated, though not required
Wikimedia Commons – Thousands of images available under free creative commons licenses, or in the public domain.
Canva – Millions of high-quality stock photos as well as a comprehensive list of the 73 top free stock image websites.
WikiGallery – These images cannot be used for commercial purposes.
The Met Museum Art Collection – Nearly 400,000 high-quality images of The Met’s holdings have been made available for free!
New York Public Library Public Domain Collections – More than 180,000 high-quality images from the library’s holdings are public domain and free to use.