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How to find images to use in your school work: Creative Commons Images

Sources of Creative Commons images that can be reused in your school work and projects, compiled by your Librarians.

Using images in your work

When adding images to your schoolwork it is important that you:

only use pictures that the owner permits you to use


always include details of where you got the picture from.

This libguide includes details of websites where you can find pictures to use in your work.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is a global non-profit organisation that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. 
CC licences are not an alternative to copyright. In fact, they apply existing copyright law.
Users of CC licensed material are permitted to use the material without the need to further seek explicit permission from the owner, so long as the use conforms to the licence attributes.

There are a number of sources of CC resources, including images, which can be used in your work.  This often means they can be used without seeking permission from the original owner but you must still cite and reference each item in your work. 


Creative Commons images - more sources....

School Photo Project

Photos on this site can be used for school projects, personal and other non-commercial usages.


Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education.  The copyright-friendly pictures are available for use by teachers and students for multimedia projects, web sites and any other project in an educational setting.

Open Clip Art Library

The Open Clip Art Project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use.

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Creative Commons Licenses

As explained in the video above, Creative Commons licenses use symbols to indicate how an image may be reused.

This list, from flickr, summarises the licenses:

Find Creative Commons images

Creative Commons Search

This site offers a convenient way to search a number of sites which include Creative Commons images.   Do not assume that all the search results are under a Creative Commons license - when you have found an image you should check it's licence before using it.


Check the 'Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content' tick-box to search for Creative Commons images in Flickr's collection.  (If you don't want to worry about checking the CC image license for each photo, also check the box 'Find content, adapt, or build upon'.)

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video) to everyone.


Pixabay is a repository of high quality images that you are free to use in any way you like.