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Finding and Using Free Image Collections on the Web

This guide identifies sources of free images on the web.

About this guide

This research guide identifies major free image collections on the web. It's not intended to identify every possible source of free images, but rather the most extensive collections across a range of subject areas and illustration types.

This research guide does not include:

  • Commercial photobanks (they may be "royalty-free" but there is a fee to download)
  • Licensed image collections (those to which the MSU Libraries subscribe on behalf of the MSU community)

Some collections include both material that is available for re-use, and material that has restrictions. In those cases, see the search tips to make sure you're using the search filters properly to retrieve only material you can re-use.

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