Where can I find free public domain images and pictures?

Free picturesToday, there are dozens of great Internet web pages that offer hundreds of thousands of free public domain and royalty free images. Below is a list of some of the best available sites to find these pictures.

Note: All of these sites have free images with different agreements. Make sure the images you're copying have no restrictions or have license agreements that allow you to use them how you choose.

Free Images

Formerly Stock Exchange Free Images is one of the best site to locate free stock photo's. The site contains in our opinion the best site to locate free stock photo's. The site contains thousands of free images that can be used. While many of the pictures are free some of the images do require written permission first.

Google Images with usage rights

Doing a search on Google Image search is a great way to find lots of interesting pictures, but it used to be very time consuming to find what pictures you could use legally on your site. Thankfully Google now has an option to search images by usage rights. As you can see in the image below, under the Search tools (1.) and then Usage Rights (2.), there are options to filter your picture search based on how they are going to be used.

Google Image with usage rights search

Wikimedia Commons

Fantastic media repository that is part of the Wikipedia umbrella project where users are free to use any of the sites photos, audio, videos, and other media freely.

Flickr: The Commons

Commons is a Flickr feature for pictures from The Library Of Congress, Powerhouse Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and Flickr users who have images with no copyrights.

A fantastic collection of scans from the British Library of over 11,000,000 public domain pictures.

Microsoft Office free images and clipart

Another great site that offers thousands of royalty free pictures and even clipart that are available for all users.


Another fantastic location to locate high resolution digital stock photography. The site offers thousands of free images almost all that have no restrictions or agreements attached. Also, the site requires no login to download the high quality files.

U.S. Government Graphics and Photos

Another fantastic site for U.S. government sites containing hundreds of thousands public domain images linking to image categories. Categories include the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, crops, geology, Indians, mammals, money, mountains, NASA, Navy, parks, Presidents, space, storms, volcano's, war, wildlife, and more.


A great collection of totally free photos for commercial and personal work in a wide variety of categories.


Another great site that contains thousands of free stock photography in a large variety of categories.


A great site that list several hundred photos in around a dozen different albums.

PD Photo

Another great collection of thousands free public domain pictures. This site contains one of the best collections of travel pictures from around the world.


Simple, easy to use site with nearly 65,000 photos and illustrations. All of which may be used freely, without attribution and for any purpose.

Liam's pictures from Old Books

A good collection of original pictures from old books that are no longer copyrighted and considered public domain. This is a great place to find obscure and unique pictures and illustration.


California State University product that contains over 60,000 images around the world that can be used freely for non-profit and education use.


Another fantastic site with not only photographs, but traditional art, digital art, stock images, and more. Keep in mind that this site contains both royalty free and copyrighted works. Make sure you view the artists or photographers usage guidelines and rules before using any image.


The above list is just a few of our favorites sites and sites we found useful for locating free public domain images. If the above links do not have the images you're looking for there are hundreds of other available services online. Click here to open a search for hundreds.