Finding Creative Commons media online
These sites contain media which have been licensed under the CC0 licence or placed in the public domain. You may use these resources free of charge and with no restrictions. Some use custom licences rather than CC0 (see guidance)
- Pixabay – One of the largest collections of stock photos, vector images and other illustrations online. Images licenced using the custom Pixabay licence.
- Unsplash – High resolution stock photos. Images licenced using the custom Unsplash licence.
- The Public Domain Review – Mixed media in the public domain also contains Creative Commons licensed media.
- Finda.photo – A nuanced search of thousands of stock photos.
- LibreStock – Searches 47 different free stock photo websites.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 406,000 images of artworks from The Met collection to use, share, and remix without restriction.
- Art Institute Chicago – A filtered image search. Includes famous Hokusai prints and paintings by Seurat and Van Gogh.
- New York Public Library Digital Collections – A filtered image search of 230,000+ public domain images (mainly illustrations and photographs).
- Trove – The National Library of Australia’s archive of images filtered for open access.
- The Cleveland Museum of Art – Over 34,000 high quality, free and open digital images from the museum’s collection – Includes works by Cézanne, Dürer and Monet.
- Musopen – Provide music recordings and sheet music under Creative Commons licences. Use their Music discovery tool to separate out different licences including CC0.
- Open Goldberg Variations – The results of pianist Kimiko Ishizaka’s Kickstarter with Musopen to create a professional studio recording and score licensed under CC0.
- Open Music Archive – A UK-based archive of out-of-copyright sound recordings.
- Free Music Archive – An interactive library of high quality, legal audio downloads.
- FreePD – Website of CC0 licensed material.
The resources below contain media licensed under one of the other Creative Commons licences. This means they are subject to the terms and conditions of the licence (such as non-commercial use).
You may use these resources free of charge, with attribution (and sometimes other restrictions).