For Social Media and Presentations: Free Image Sources

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts

As cited in our blog entry of May 29, 2014, one of the most important steps to secure success of your social media presence is the use of images:
In this blog entry, we share with you a large (53+) sites with free images. Do you know/have you used successfully a site with free images not listed here? Please DO share…

Please have an excellent outline of what “free” means, what is Creative Commons, what is Public Domain + stock sites with images:


Free Digital Photos

Free Images

Free Range Stock

Free Photos Bank


IM Free



Public Domain Pictures

and many more at

14 Comments on For Social Media and Presentations: Free Image Sources

  1. Plamen Miltenoff
    September 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm (6 years ago)

    On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM, Laura Schlueter wrote:
    Hi all,
    Just curious what other people use for stock photos. We recently launched a new site, and bit the bullet to buy some credits on with, but of course they change their pricing model shortly after we purchase our credits.

    Looking for ideas for cheap (or free!) sites that others might be using. At this point I’m pondering

    Any feedback is appreciated!

    Laura Schlueter

    Laura Schlueter
    Digital Content Librarian
    Upstate Health Sciences Library

  2. Plamen Miltenoff
    September 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm (6 years ago)

    From: Kyle Breneman []
    Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:03 PM
    Subject: [lita-l] Re: Stock photos

    I use this site (HT to Ned Potter) to search for creative commons images on Flikr:

  3. Plamen Miltenoff
    September 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm (6 years ago)

    From: Carol Bean []
    Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:01 PM
    Subject: [lita-l] Re: Re: Stock photos

    Depending on what type of pictures you want:
    morgueFile free photo
    You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner.

    Terms of use: You may use these images for your personal use or your non-profit organization if you note the source: © Copyright 2014 [name of photographer], If you use them on a web site, link to this site. If you want to use a photo in a product for sale, or to promote your business, contact us for permission (USD$ 50 for a nonexclusive license). Larger versions (at least 4MP) are available upon request for both individual and commercial use.

    Hope this helps,
    Carol Bean

    On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM, Erik Sandall wrote:
    Hi Laura,

    I don’t always use images, but when I do, I prefer this search engine:

    It makes it easy to find free no-attribute or attribute Creative
    Commons-licensed images.

    I hope this helps.



    Erik Sandall
    Electronic Services Librarian & Webmaster
    Mechanics’ Institute
    57 Post Street
    San Francisco, CA 94104

  4. Plamen Miltenoff
    September 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm (6 years ago)

    From: Melissa Kammerer []
    Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:52 PM
    Subject: [lita-l] Re: Stock photos

    Hi Laura,

    I use They are usually around $1 for a small photo.

  5. Plamen Miltenoff
    September 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm (6 years ago)

    From: Lesley Ellen Harris []
    Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:47 PM
    Subject: [lita-l] Re: Stock photos

    Whenever I hear stock photos, my antenna goes up. Please remember that stock does not mean free. You are licensing photos for use under specific purposes as stated in your license.

    Just my quickie on copyright!


  6. Plamen Miltenoff
    September 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm (6 years ago)

    From: Stanley, Theresa []
    Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:25 PM
    Cc: Stanley, Theresa
    Subject: [lita-l] RE: Stock photos

    This resource is not free, but it is great! It is Image Quest by Britannica ( . Besides millions of images, the permissions to use it is across the college – so not only students and faculty in the classroom, but our instructional designers love it (great selection and great quality is what I am often told), and media people can use it for college promotions! I believe it was less than $2500 for a college our size. (last year we had almost 18,000 downloads, all without having to worry about copyright issues, so we are very pleased with it)
    Theresa C. Stanley Ed.D.
    Downtown Campus Library Director
    ACRL: CJCLS President, 2014-15
    Pima Community College
    1255 N. Stone Ave.
    Tucson AZ 85709-3035

  7. Plamen Miltenoff
    October 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm (6 years ago)

    From: Jill Minor []
    Sent: Friday, October 03, 2014 10:44 AM
    Subject: [lita-l] RE: RE: Stock photos

    As the library’s social media manager I struggled with this issue for a year, and would spend hours combing through most of these sites that have been mentioned, pasting creative commons boxes and attributions at the bottoms of images, and just generally losing my mind. I’m only marginally artistic and creative by nature and I couldn’t figure out how to make an aerial image of Rio de Janeiro, for instance, have anything to do with a library program or anything else I wanted to communicate with fans about. I finally talked the director into a $600 DSLR camera. I’ve been taking my own photos around the library for a while, then using a combination of PicMonkey, Canva, and Gimp to get them ready for prime time. You also have to wonder whether it’s worth it spending two hours finding, captioning, and posting an image when organic reach on Facebook is down to 1% and nobody will see it anyway unless you grease the ol’ FB palm with at least a few bucks.
    If you have a PR person who routinely makes flyers and posters for library programs, you can turn an 8’10 PDF sideways, snip it out with the snipping tool, rotate it in Picmonkey ( and post it.
    Nobody has mentioned the MET ( They just released 600,000 images—all you need is an attribution link. Old paintings are pretty good for humorous posts
    Jill Minor
    Electronic Services Librarian
    Washington County Public Library

  8. Billye Haber
    June 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Creative ideas ! I Appreciate the info . Does anyone know if my business can acquire a sample PIFF Music Revolution Mini Grant copy to work with ?

    • Leanna Lauber
      June 8, 2016 at 8:32 am (4 years ago)

      Hi ! I saw a template PIFF Music Revolution Mini Grant copy form at this place

  9. Haskel JACK
    January 6, 2019 at 9:10 am (2 years ago)

    A good question here, the responses helped me a great deal.


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