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Copyright and Fair Use
The websites listed on this page are for reference and research purposes only.
Usage guidelines vary widely by resource. Some images are open-access and free to use, while others may require a licensing fee. It is every student’s ethical responsibility to evaluate the usage guidelines when choosing to reproduce any image to avoid copyright violation.
Respect the intellectual property of others and use your best judgment when deciding to reproduce an image, and always credit your source!
Image Research Help
Do you need help finding specific images in LUNA or on the Web but can't make it to the library to talk to the Visual Resources Librarian? Submit your question and our Visual Resources Librarian will get back to you, usually within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.
Faculty Digitization Requests
Faculty can submit requests to the Visual Resources Librarian at any time to have new images digitized locally and uploaded to LUNA to support their specific courses. If you would like more information about the faculty digitization request process, please contact the Visual Resources Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Artstor Digital Library is a database of 2 million images for use in the humanities. Comprised of nearly 300 collections from museums, archives, scholars, and artists, the Artstor Digital Library makes available high-qualities images for download, along with tools for exporting images into PowerPoint and creating citations.
Luna Image Database
LUNA Digital Image Collections
Search over 330,000 images, including over 114,000 works of art from the collections of contributing museums, universities and archives. Architectural photographs, gardens and landscapes, political Americana, historical maps, fashion plate collections and much more.
- Images from the Saskia Gardner's Art through the Ages art history set.
- The AMICA Library, which contains over 95,000 works of art from the collections of contributing museums.
- Architectural photographs, gardens and landscapes, political Americana, historical maps, fashion plate collections and much more.
- LUNA tutorials provide information on navigating LUNA, creating Media Groups, and more. Tutorials include:
- The following LUNA Search Guides are available:
In addition to LUNA, the library has a curated list of image resources on our Digital Images page.
How to Save Metadata from LUNA
At this time, images exported from LUNA do not include the accompanying metadata. Metadata provides the information necessary for identification and citation of an image.
This guide gives recommended methods to enable you to save image metadata so you will be able to quickly and easily access this information for your research and studies.
Additional Resources for Finding Images
The British Museum Online Collection
Almost 800,000 records in this database have images available for research purposes, some with multiple views.
Explore millions of digital resources from Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections, including images, texts, sound, and videos.
The Internet Archive
Provides access to a wide variety of texts, audio, moving images, software, and archived web pages. Special projects include the Wayback Machine, Open Library, and the Live Music Archive.
Library of Congress American Memory Project
Free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
Search thousands of images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries.
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content, including images, sound and video clips.
Yale Digital Content
Search 250,000 digital assets from Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video.