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Library Databases

Over 1.5 million high resolution images of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, interior design, patterns and graphic design. 

Images by photojournalists of people, places, events, and news makers, national and international. 

Images, biographies, auction records, exhibition records, and museum holdings of American and International artists. 

Information and archival resource for advertisers, ad agencies and production companies with a wealth of data about TV commercials, music videos, web videos and viral videos

Includes full credit information on over 400,000 TV spots and music videos.

Image collections from different museums and galleries. 

Browse through images of over 180 of the over 500 artist's books currently held in Kimbrough Library's collection.

Sites With Creative Commons or Public Domain Content

The sites listed below may have SOME Creative Commons or Public Domain content.  Please look at the description for each site for details.

One search bar for Creative Commons-licensed content.

Search for Flickr images offered under Creative Commons licenses. 

To be sure you understand the different types of CC licenses, read the explanation of various Creative Commons licenses.

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives. 

Images are provided with "no known copyright restrictions," but be sure to understand their terms of usage.

List of individual sites offering public domain images of flags, postage stamps, historic periods, art, etc. 

Please note that according to Wikipedia, "The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are in the public domain."

Other Sites With Images (Government Sites, Academic Sites, etc.)

The sites listed below may have SOME Public Domain content or other licensed content you may use. Please look at the description for each site for details.

Photos, prints, and more illustrating American history, culture, people, and places.

For more information about the copyright of images in these collections, see the Library of Congress's FAQ.

View maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings and watch historic films.

Each collection has different rights usages.  Click on the collection's title and then follow the link that says, "Rights and Access," to see how the materials in that collection may be used.

Search, browse, share, and download images. More than 45,000 open access digital images up to 4,000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. 

For more on what the Gallery means by "open access," read their policy.

Images for education and research in the California State University shared art and archaeology images database.

From the site: "You are free to use these images for non-profit educational purposes, but we ask that you give credit to the copyright holders who retain rights to the images."

Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.

Discover images that show historic moments, world wonders, women in culture, street art, cultural figures and much, much more!

Search the archive for more than 50,000 print and TV advertising campaigns.

All materials in this archive are copyrighted.

How to Access the Library Digital Image Share

In order for faculty to easily access digital images purchased or produced by the Visual Resources Department, Institutional Technology has created a shared server space called \\fileserv\arthist which you can map to a drive on your on-campus computer. 

Only faculty have access to this share and can freely download the images for educational use. This is a READ ONLY server. You will not be able to save any additions or changes to this server. This server will only be accessible from on-campus computers and NOT via the web. Image size is 3000 pixals on the long side. This is large enough to zoom in on details. The format is high resolution JPG. Any textbook sets we do will be available on this server, however, these images may be lower resolution JPGs. The arrangement of the files is in flux right now and we welcome any suggestions. 

For PC users, go to “My Computer” on your desktop. Select “Map Network Drive” under “Tools.” In the “Drive” box select any letter that is not being used—for example I selected “T.” In the “Folder” box type: 


Make sure the “Reconnect at Logon” box is checked then click “Finish.” You should now be able to access that drive from your sof6tware or from Windows Explorer. 

For MAC users, from the Finder, pull down the “Go” menu and select “Connect to Server.” In the “Address” field enter: 


You should be prompted for your user name and password. Enter your information and click ok. You should then see the share icon on your desktop. You can drag that icon to your Dock for easy access the next time you login. 

Please contact Allen Novak, Visual Resources Librarian with any problems or suggestions you may have concerning digital images and their use. He can be contacted by phone at 359-7583 or by email at anovak@ringling.edu.