Finding Images at the College Library

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How to Use This Guide

This guide was compiled for you to aid in any visual research you may need to conduct during your time at F&M.

Images are divided up by topic area. Above this text box, please find the table of contents, which will easily route you to the appropriate topic.

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College Library Image Databases

The sources below are paid for by the College Library.

Digital library of 1.8 million images of art, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage them for study and teaching. Users can search without registering, but must register to take advantage of features such as saving and downloading images.

Image heavy reference source drawing from multiple disciplines, this is the database to use for fashion research.

Click the Image Search tab to search for fine art, design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, and anthropological artifacts from the collections of museums and galleries.

General Collections

Here, find various collections of images made freely available online from leading higher education institutions and museums. Please pay attention to rights statements on individual images.

Clark Art Institute

Browse continually updated images of art in the Clark's collection.

Images are open access and can be used without any prior permission.

Digital Public Library of America

A collection of primary source documents and images from public libraries and cultural institutions across the US.


Collections from museums, libraries, archives, and galleries across Europe.

Find the copyright status of items under "Can I Use It?"

Harvard University HOLLIS Images

Union catalog of visual resources at Harvard focusing on artistic and cultural materials. Some records allow access to larger-scale images.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Collections

Over one million digitized images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Library of Congress.

New York Public Library Digital Collections

Nearly 850,000 items digitized from The New York Public Library collections. Incorporates the Library's renowned Mid-Manhattan Branch Picture Collection. Click here for information about using the images.

Yale Digital Content

Search over 1.5 million records with over 250K digital assets from across Yale University.

Architecture & Landscape

Chartres Cathedral

A collection of 4,000 images with detailed descriptions of Chartres Cathedral. Hosted by the Digital Research Library at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

North America's designed landscape legacy in 10,000 images. For public/noncommercial use.


Images from the collections of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Covers world architecture of all periods as well as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction, and decorative art.

Area Studies

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Maps of historical and current interest. Collection categories include world geography, historical, thematic, and topographic.


An open access resource with images and text focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world.

Historical Photographs of China

From the University of Bristol, UK, more than 8,000 digitized photographs taken in China between 1850 and 1950. Interactive maps give the photos additional context.


Access to the California State University's IMAGE project of approximately 100,000 global images. For non-profit education use.

Art & Art History

Artists' Books & Zines

Approximately 8,000 images of 2,000 books in the collection of the library of Otis College of Art & Design. Books can be viewed page-by-page, creating a valuable teaching and research resource for scholars, librarians, students, and artists.

A searchable repository of images and metadata for the College's collection of over 300 artists' books.

Visual index to the Artists' Book Collection, Kohler Art Library. Many of the titles have several images to visually represent structure and content.

Free Stock Photography

Over 1.5 million royalty-free stock photos and videos shared by the community.


Gorgeous, high-quality royalty free photos, searchable by keyword or photographer.


Beautiful, high-quality royalty free stock photos of black and brown people.

Fashion & Textiles

Fashion drawings and sketches in the collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the NY Public Library.

Open access to images of more than 9,000 items in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Especially strong in ethnographic textiles and 19th- and 20th-century American and European home furnishing and apparel fabrics.

Images of thousands of objects from the Museum's collection, representing 2,000 years of history and cultural traditions around the world.

Well over one-half million images from the V&A's collections, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles.

Portfolios of images (100,000+) from UK universities, museums, and archives. Contents include fashion, design, material culture, furniture, craft, political posters, and prints.

Online fashion archive providing access to digital fashion and costume collections across Europe. The 700,000+ objects include clothing, accessories, photographs, posters, and illustrations.


Photographs from one of the first American news picture agencies, mostly representing life in New York in the 1900s-1920s: working people, street scenes, celebrities, theater openings, and cultural and social events. Unrestricted use.

Millions of historic photographs from the LIFE photo archive spanning the 1860s through 1970s. Categorized by decade and also by people, places, events, sports, and culture.

Photographs from the National Archives and Records Administration, including items fro the Matthew Brady collection.


Public repository of annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms.

Gateway to photographs, illustrations, and videos for reference, teaching, and presentation. Organized by people, places, and science.

70,000+ images from the collection of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art of the social and historical aspects of medicine.

Weather, space, coastlines, marine species, ocean exploration, and polar regions.

More than 40,000 photographs and line drawings of United States plants.