Skip to main content
UVM Libraries Research Guides banner

Film & Television Studies Subject Guide

Images - Licensed Databases

Image Search Engines - Freely Available on the Internet

Google Image Search

Digital Public Library of America
An all-digital library that aggregates information and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums in the United States.

World Digital Library
Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries, covering the time period 1200 BCE-2000 CE.

Creative Commons (Search)
Search for images and other Internet content from other established web sites (such as Google Images or YouTube) that the content producers stated could be used commercially and/or with modification. For example, when you use Creative Commons to search Google Images, it will return only those images that are labeled for commercial reuse with modification. (read more about Creative Commons).

Digital Image Collections - Freely Available on the Internet

UCLA Digital Collections: Motion Picture Stills Online
From Library Special Collections and the Digital Library Program. See growing collection of 10,000+ images now available.

VADS: the Online Resource for Visual Arts
Thousands of visual arts images, including film, fashion, design, prints, and sculpture.

American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
Digital record of American history and creativity. Provides free Internet access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Browse collections by topic or format; search by keyword.

Life Archive hosted by Google
Search or browse issues of LIFE (magazine) from 1936-1972. Photos are included. Also, Life Photo Archive.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Collection Online
Search 400,000+ objects held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

British Museum - Image Search
Search 2 million+ collection objects held by the British Museum.

NYPL Digital Gallery
Provides free and open access to 800,000+ images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs, streaming video, and more. Search by keyword, e.g. "motion pictures" and then filter by Topic, Collection, Division, etc.

Europeana Portal
Explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. Holdings date back to @the 12th century. Co-funded by the European Union.

Web Gallery of Art
Virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts (e.g. painting, sculpture, etc.) from the 11th to mid-19th centuries.

Visual Arts Data Service (VADA)
VADS is a UK-based online resource for the visual arts. Its collection includes well-known graphic designs, typography and book design, advertisements and posters, wallpapers, textiles, fashion, and interior design.