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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Art and Images

There are several OER collections containing fine art and stock photos that can be used freely according to flexible usage rights described on the websites.

  • Creative Commons Search
    Creative Commons has created this really useful search engine that lets you search for resources that are CC licensed.
  • Guide to the Public Domain
    We've put together this page on the Public Domain and how to find images and artwork that are in the Public Domain.
  • Smithsonian Open Access
    You can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images.
  • Unsplash
    Over 1 million photos that can be freely downloaded and used for either commercial and non-commercial purposes.
  • Pixabay
    Website for sharing photos, illustrations, vector graphics, film footage and music, exclusively under the custom Pixabay license


Multimedia content, such as images, audio and video clips, can be difficult to find and often have copyright restrictions. OER multimedia provide collections of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute and use.

  • TED
    Inspiring thinkers on a range of subjects present big ideas and lectures on a regular basis- completely CC licensed.
  • Khan Academy
    K-12 short educational videos covering many subjects; wit strong science and math collections. (check their COURSES tab for selections)
  • Wikimedia Commons
    The thinkers behind Wikipedia bring you images, video and music all openly licensed or in the public domain.
  • HippoCampus
    HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education (MITE), is full of high-quality resources in a variety of subjects. It is aimed at high school and college level users.
  • Jamendo
    Songs by musicians who want to share their music.
  • Europeana
    Europeana provides cultural heritage enthusiasts, professionals, teachers, and researchers with digital access to European cultural heritage material.
  • World Digital Library
    This collection contains cultural heritage materials gathered during the World Digital Library (WDL) project
  • British Library
    Items you can view online include, but are not limited to: books, manuscripts, maps, scores, journals, research datasets, thesis and databases
  • Qatar Digital Library
    This growing archive covers modern history and culture of the Gulf and wider region, available online for the first time.