Copyright safe image sources

If you require any advice on Copyright law please contact your Librarian or refer to the Library Copyright for staff and students Moodle page

However, if you are looking for an image or other media for Moodle or your PowerPoints etc, there are a number of places that are under the Creative Commons licence or copyright free. There may still be some Terms and Conditions which have also been included to ensure you remain copyright compliant. 

Copyright licences

Copyright safe media:

Bridgeman Education (automatic log in via University PC)

The university subscribes to Bridgeman Education and is our preferred image source. It offers a unique and flexible way to search over 8,000 locations covering the world’s major museums, art collections and historical sites, providing access to over 1.2 Million images - all copyright-cleared for educational use - through a single website. Please credit each image using the credit line information provided.


The University subscribes to eStream which is the secure video platform for education and offers TV, radio and satellite recordings, interactive videos and quizzes and Connect, which allows access to content from lots of other institutions around the world to include in your Moodle pages.

Learn more about eStream on Moodle

Other reputable sources include:

Wikimedia Commons

Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language. It acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, but you do not need to belong to one of those projects to use media hosted here. 


Pixabay Public Domain Images - What is allowed and what is not

All images and videos on Pixabay are released under the Creative Commons CC0. Thus, they may be used freely for almost any purpose - even commercially and in printed format. Attribution is appreciated, but not required.

Age-positive image library

The Centre for Aging Better has created the first free library showing positive and realistic images of over 50s in a bid to challenge negative and stereotypical views of older age. The photos show a more realistic depiction of ageing – to help tackle ageism and challenge the idea that all older people are frail and vulnerable. The library, which contains over 3,000 images and is regularly updated, is free for use across presentations and websites, and they cover themes related to ageing such as health, homes and employment.


Unsplash licence information

Unsplash is a platform powered by an amazing community that has gifted hundreds of thousands of their own photos to fuel creativity around the world. So sign up for free, or don’t. Either way, you’ve got access to over 3 million photos under the Unsplash license - which makes them free to do-whatever-you-want with.


Giphy Community Guidelines

GIPHY is dedicated to providing a fun and safe way to search, create, and share the best GIFs on the internet.

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Thier mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

The Internet Archive contains:

FlatIcons is a free flat icon maker. You can create your own royalty free flat icons for your web-projects. Choose an icon shape out of 2,500+ available and customize it to your needs to download the free flat icon as png.


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