Curated overview of open resources

Here you can find an overview of websites with free to use, open resources:
Images | Video | Audio | Miscellaneous


Main sources I have used for this curated overview:
Tweet from SCMSPedagogy
Blog Dan Leeman
Austin Community Colleges Library Services
10 Sites for Free Stock Photos (Updated for 2018)
Chasing Heartbeats Photography
VU Amsterdam Content Support
And tips from colleagues I received via email or communities.

How to use resources from these sites

There are several types of sites:

  • Resources have either a Creative Commons license or are Public Domain. This is the default
  • Resources are all Public Domain or use a Creative Commons CC0 license . This is mentioned in the description of the site.
  • There are some specific terms of use for some of the resources. This is mentioned in the description of the site.

If you are using a resource, remember the following:

  • Adhere to the conditions of reuse as prescribed by the Creative Commons license added to the resource. At least attribution of the author is mandatory (except for CC0).
  • When the source is Public Domain or CC0, you can reuse the source without any restrictions. However, it is good practice, where the author is known, to mention the author and a link to the source.
  • When unclear: give attribution by mentioning the name of the author and a link to the source.
  • Some of the sites also contain non-open resources, for which you should ask for permission to reuse it (and in most cases have to pay some amount). Pay close attention to those sites to ensure that you reuse open resources.


Although I have checked every site in these overviews on availability of open resources and (when available) the terms of use, these terms of use may change. I cannot made being responsible for misuse of resources by visitors of this site.

First date of compilation: 19 August 2018

Date of last change: 25 June 2024


4Free PhotosFree photos for personal and commercial use
Alegri PhotosFree stock photos
Better images with AINon-standard imaginations of AI, with more diversity. Each image has a CC-license.
BurningWellA repository for public domain (free for any use) images
BurstFree stock photos. Different licenses, varying from CC0 to a specific Burst license, that resembles Creative Commons, but with some additional rules to comply with. Check the license of the image before using it.
ClkerCollection of Public Domain cliparts
FindaPhotoCollection of Public Domain photos
Foca stockSelection from photographer Jeffrey Betts, who focuses on topics such as workplaces and nature. CC0 license.
FoterCollection of photos, derived from Flickr API, searching for Creative Commons photos
Free3DFree 3D Models in several file formats
Free Stock Image Free stock images
Freestocks.orgFree stock images. CC0 license
GratisographyCollection of license-free photos.
Internet Archive Book ImagesOver 2.6 million of Public Domain images from a variety of books
ISO RepublicFree high-resolution Photos. CC0 license.
KaboompicsFree images. License resembles CC0, but with some additional rules (e.g. not allowed to sell unaltered pictures)
Life of pixFree images offered by the LEEROY Creative Agency. Public Domain.
Little visualsFree high-resolution images. CC0 license
MorguefileFree photo archive of over 350K pictures, “for creatives, by creatives.”
New Old StockVintage photos from the public archives. Public Domain.
Open ClipartArchive of Public Domain clip art
Open GalleriesA community source of free photography
Open Image BankCollection of images
PD ClipartCollection of Public Domain cliparts
PD PhotoCollection of Public Domain photos
PexelsCollection of Public Domain photos
Photos Public DomainHigh quality Public Domain photographs
PhototeriaCollection of Public Domain photos
PicdromeGrowing Public Domain picture collection
PicjumboFree stock photos. License resembles CC0.
PicnoiFree diverse multi-racial images. License CC-BY or CC0.
PicographyFree images from photographer Dave Meier. CC0 license.
PikwizardFree images library
PiqselsRoyalty free photos under CC0, free for personal & commercial use, no attribution required
PixabayCollection of free photos. Published under a Pixabay license, which resembles CC0
Public Domain PhotosCollection of Public Domain photos and cliparts
Public Domain PicturesCollection of Public Domain photos
PxhereCollection of photos published with a CC0 license
Realistic shotsFree stock photos (high resolution). CC0 license
ReshotFree images library. License resembles CC0.
Reusable artA collection of Public Domain images for crafters and web designers that have been rescued from old books, magazines, and other print materials.
SkitterphotoFree stock photos. CC0 license
SkuawkCollection of images published under a CC0 license
StockSnapFree stock photos. CC0 license
StockvaultFree stock photos. Uses several different open licenses.
The Noun ProjectIcons for everything. Over a million curated icons, created by a global community.
UnsplashCollection of Public Domain photos. My personal favorite
US Antarctic ProgramPhoto library of the Antarctic
WPClipartCollection of artwork, Public Domain



Media-related videosA list of videos for a variety of media-related topics
Moving Image Archive~4.5M free movies, films and videos
Stock Footage for FreeWebsite dedicated to providing completely free stock footage and stock video from around the world
TED TalksList of TEDtalks created by TED, all shared under a CC license. However, you may not edit them.
The Open Video Landscape90+ sites with free video. Last updated around 2012, but still many useful resources.
VimeoMany HD videos to play or embed. Most of them have a CC license.
YoutubeMany videos to play or embed. Either with CC license or a Youtube license.
Youtube Educational channelsA terrific overview of Youtube channels with educational videos, ordered by subject



CCMixterA community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses
Free Music Public DomainA music library for the public (fee required for commercial use)
FreesoundA collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.
OpsoundOpsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music



400+ Free Online Philosophy ResourcesAn organized collection of links and resources on a wide range of philosophical topics. Free access, but most resources not published under a CC license.
Anatomy toolImages, videos, 3D models, games, lessons and quizzes about anatomical structures. Well described and maintained by the Leiden University Medical Center of the Netherlands. All licensed with a Creative Commons license.
Beeldbank Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed~ 1M images and drawings of Dutch cultural heritage from various sources.
Classic PapersA mirror of some classic papers in fields like Biology, Computer Science and Social Sciences
Critical CommonsA public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts
Digital Public Library of America~23M images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States
Europeana~60M artworks, artefacts, books, films and music from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives. Some resources are not free to use.
Freebies GalleryA place where you can download free design resources
Illustrations (medical)An overview of websites with illustrations specific for the (para)medical profession. Maintained by the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands
ImaginaryYour place for open and interactive mathematics. Lots of free fun stuff for exploring the world of math.
Internet ArchiveA non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more
ObserverCopernicus for Open Education: bringing Earth Observation into the classroom
Open CultureFree cultural and educational media (a.o. music, films, e-books)
Project GutenbergFree e-books (Public Domain)
Public Domain ReviewA curated collection of images, books, films and audio, all Public Domain
RijksmuseumDigital collection of the Dutch Rijksmuseum. Includes the option to create your own art, repurposed from originals from e.g. Rembrandt.
SlideshareTons of slidedecks, to show, embed or download. Many of them with CC license.
SmithsonianMillions of 2D and 3D digital images from the collections of the Smithsonian in Washington. Also several tools to rework and remix the images are available.
Wikimedia CommonsCollection of ~50M freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute