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Finding Images

This guide is designed to assist with locating images of artworks in various formats.

Tips for Using Google Images

Google Images is a quick and easy way to find many images by keyword, however, it is not always the most accurate source of visual information. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using Google Images:

  • Always check the source of the image to see if it is reputable. The website where the image was found is listed below each image on the search results page. 
  • Keep in mind that images found on the Internet may have been altered for size, color, pixelation, etc. 
  • Google uses your browsing data to show results tailored to your browsing habits. One person's Google Image search may look different from another person's Google Image search. 
  • Just because you can download and save the image from Google, does not mean the image is unprotected by copyright. You can refer to the Copyright Research Guide that is linked to at the top of this page for more information.

GLAM: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Online Image Databases

Black and white sketch of the front elevation view of the New York Public Library's main building.

​​​​Front Elevation (drawing), New York Public Library, Main Building, New York. Carrere & Hastings (Collection of NYPL).

Below is a list of digital repositories that contain high-resolution images available for public browsing and download. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; it lists curated and searchable collection databases containing high-quality images in a browsable interface. Each collection listed will have its own set of guidelines regarding download restrictions, copyright, and fair use. Read the guidelines carefully as you explore each resource. You can always refer to the NYU Copyright Research Guide for questions about individual image use in your work. 

Museums and Archives: Digital Collections for Fine Art and Photography

Online Digital Collections for History and Social Science

General Image Search