Works the same way as a standard Google search, but will retrieve different types of images.
A good way to find images quickly, but be aware that some will be under copyright.
After entering the database, select "Images" from the "More" option on the blue bar
at the top of the page. Contains over 180,000 images from Getty Images, UPI, Motion Picture and
Television Photo Archive and more. A good place to find historical and natural science photos.
More professional than Flickr or Google, this site allows graphic artists and designers to
share samples of their work. Features a somewhat random selection of paintings, photography, and
graphic design but the overall quality is high. Many selections are annotated by the artist.
Yahoo! Image Search
Similar to Google Image Search. Results will vary from commercial to personal images, but be
aware that some may be under copyright.
An online source for storing and sharing primarily non-commercial photos. Quality varies, but
covers a wide range of areas & interests, and photos posted to the Commons are available for
A database with over 400,000 images licensed for educational and scholarly purposes. A
guide is available for user
Links to collections of digital images from Illinois academic libraries that belong to
the CARLI consortium
Images for College Teaching (AICT)
A database of high-quality art images from all over the world. The site is organized by era
and searchable by region and includes everything from painting to photography, architecture,
sculpture, etc. Images are for education and non-profit purposes only.
Contains over 100,000 images from various time periods and geographic areas. It's not as easy
to browse as other databases, but is a good place to go if you're looking for a specific
Image Resources for Art and Architecture
Hosted by the Ricker Library of Art and Architecture, this site provides links to many
resources for online images in the arts, architecture, and selected museum online collections.
Maintained by California State University, this collection includes 35,000 images of
paintings, photography, sculpture, artifacts etc.
History & Maps
Historical Maps Online
A collaboration between the UIUC Library and University of Illinois Press, this collection of
digitized maps spans 400 years of Illinois and Northwest Territory history.
Historical Map Web
Hosted by the University of Texas Libraries, this is an extensive page of links to online map
collections from around the world. Most of these collections feature digital reproductions of their
Congress American Memory
A national archive project that collects all sorts of historical materials including digital
reproductions of photographs, maps, prints as well as sound and video recordings.
New York Public Library Digital
An image database of over 300,000 items taken directly from primary sources at the New York
Public Library. Browse by general topic area or search by keyword.
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
A highly interactive website from one of the most renowned museums in the world. You can
browse through their digital collection or take a virtual tour of the library, which features
beautiful panoramic pictures of both the interior and exterior of the museum. Digital collection
features reproductions of paintings, armor, costumes, jewelry, archeological artifacts, etc.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Features highlights of their permanent collection and special exhibits, but the digital
collection is very interactive and allows you to isolate and zoom in on certain parts of the
picture. Collection includes paintings, photography, costumes, armor, sculpture, etc.
Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Contains annotated, high-quality digital reproductions of the gallery's paintings, drawings,
sculpture, photography, architecture, etc.
View the entire collection of the National Gallery online. The zoom feature allows you to
examine the works so closely that you can count the brushstrokes on certain paintings.
Science & Technology
European Space Agency
Includes lots of satellite photos, which can be sorted by type (i.e. volcanoes, fires,
hurricanes, space, etc.).
A database of NASA images covering a wide-range of science-related fields and features many
original satellite photos. Browse by topic or geographic region.
National Museum of American
Website features a database of high-quality photographs related mostly to the history of
science, although much of the collection is of general historical interest.
University of Illinois Digital Image
This pages links to more than a dozen digitized collections held by UIUC. Organized by
collection name, maps, photos, and scanned memorabilia from many subjects and disciplines are
Brings to the campus community announcements, technical tips, and explorations of new and
existing multi-disciplinary web-based image collections.
UIHistories Phantasm Photographic
Serving as a "photographic time capsule," this site contains photos of every building on
campus since 2004, capturing them every season to document their evolution. Most photos are
available for student and faculty use, but check the copyright permissions.
For more help, check out our
Using Images guide or
Ask A Librarian.