Asset Sources

Reduce the rights worry with asset sources that contain public domain and creative commons materials.

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TitleAboutPublisherCopyright LevelAsset Types
Public Domain Images from the Smithsonian
A Flickr account with public domain images from the Smithsonian collections. SmithsonianPublic Domainstill images
Public Domain Images from the New York Times
A collection of public domain images that were published in the New York Times prior to January 1, 1923.New York TimesPublic Domainstill images
Project Gutenberg
A collection of books in the public domain, accessible in a variety of formats. Project GutenbergPublic Domaintext/books
A collection of audiobooks that are in the public domain and available for free. LibrivoxPublic Domaintext/books
Prelinger Archives
Digitized film and archival footage collection from the public domain. Prelinger ArchivesPublic Domainmotion graphics
Sources for the Public Domain Works
Libguide that contains a number of public domain sources for different media including written works, music, movies, maps, and visual arts. University of MontanaPublic Domainmultiple types
Open Text Library
A collection of open-licensed textbooks. Subject include: Accounting & Finance, Business, Computer Science & Information Systems, Economics, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Journalism, Media Studies, Communications, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Student Success. University of MinnesotaCreative Commonstext/books
OER Commons
A curated collection of open-licensed textbooks. Subjects include: Applied Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Business & Communication, Career & Technical Education, Education, English Language Arts (ELA), History, Law, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social Science.OER CommonsCreative Commonstext/books
Creative Commons Search
A search tool that drills into 19 different collections with public domain and creative commons visual assets. Multiple PublishersMixed Levelsstill images
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Top level search tool that drills into multiple libraries and collections including multiple states' digital libraries, Library of Congress, Artstor, Getty and others. Multiple PublishersMixed Levelsmultiple types
Scholarly publications from the University of California system. The database contains both articles published directly to the platform and papers that have been added to the repository for preservation. California Digital LibraryPublic Domainarticles/journals
Movie Licensing USA 
Movie licenses for Disney, Lionsgate, WB, and other large studios. Copyrighted Licensing Entitymotion graphics
Umbrella License
Subscription licensing for public display for DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox films. Copyrighted Licensing Entitymotion graphics
Children's Books
Collection of 67 digitized children's books from the 19th and 20th centuries, including biographies, nonfiction, and nursery rhymes.Library of CongressPublic Domaintext/books
UCLA Children's Book Collections
A collection of over 1800 children's books, dating from 1728 - 1999, digitized and hosted at the California Digital Library.California Digital LibraryPublic Domaintext/books
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature
A collection of 6000 historical children's books, fully digitized. University of Florida Smathers LibrariesPublic Domaintext/books
The Public Domain Project
Thousands of historical and archival video clips, audio files, stills, and 3D models. This resource is particularly good for military footage and footage from every day life. Pond5Public Domainmultiple types
Recordings, sheet music, and music related textbooks open for use without copyright restrictions. MusOpenPublic Domainaudio
International Open Access repository for Library and Information Science. e-Prints in Library Information ScienceCreative Commonsarticles/journals
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Searchable database of scholarly articles available without licensing fees. Institute of Education ServicesCreative Commonsarticles/journals

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