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Search for images

The Library provides access to image resources and databases of digitized photographs, postcards, posters and letters from sources beyond our collections.

Image Search Resources

Chicago or Illinois history

For all subject areas

Images of Works of Art


A specialized database of art images, with over 2 million items.

Research Guide to Art History

Links to more databases of art imagery that the Library subscribes to, as well as freely available databases that specialize in art.

Images for Health Sciences and Medical Research

Subject and research Guides for Health Sciences topics contain links and advice for finding images. Some databases of medical textbooks provide separate search access to the textbook illustrations and photos. Some examples:

Open Access Images

If you’re looking for images that you’re free to re-use, try the following resources:

Flickr Search

  • Look for photos with a Creative Commons license—use the “any license” drop-down to make a choice.
  • Some photos require you to give attribution to the photographer, or you can only use the photo for a non-commercial purpose
  • Important: photographers can change their license terms at any time!

Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources

  • Art images, stock photo images and more that can be freely used.