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Omeka: Image Sources

Guide to accompany library workshop on building online collections with Omeka. Omeka is a free, open source platform for publishing digital collections on the web.

Digital Collections

The following digital collections provide access to a variety of images in the public domain and under copyright. Please check the terms of use and image rights statements for more information.

This is a selected list. For a more extensive list, see Digital Images Collection Guide by subject. To check if Cornell subscribes to a resource, use the Classic Catalog.

Flickr - a large database of images

You may know Flickr as a public photo-sharing site with billions of images. In recent years, many archival image repositories (including the Cornell University Library) have begun sharing their copyright-free images via Flickr Commons, which has become a major image resource.


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U.S. Government Images

Tip! Images produced by the federal government are in the public domain. You can use them without seeking permission. To be certain, check image rights statements.

Search Google Images and limit to .gov

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dorothea lange

White Angel Breadline

"White Angel Breadline" by Dorothea Lange. Source: The National Archives (

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Victoria Crater at Meridiani Planum. NASA/JPL/UA.

Other NASA images

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