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Image Resources

This Library Research Guide is intended as a starting place for UCLA researchers, pointing to resources and strategies for finding and using image resources.

Copyright and Fair Use

What does copyright mean? This means that unless images are in the public domain, everything that is published online or in print is protected by Copyright Law and copying images without explicit permission may not be permitted.

What does fair use mean? Fair use is an exception to the protection of  U.S. copyright law. It allows for limited use of images without obtaining permission from the author or owner. This type of copying is considered "fair" and is applicable for teaching, scholarship, or research.

Refer to the links below for further information about copyright and fair use.

Consult the Open Content and Public Domain Images section of this Research Guide for a list of Public Domain image sources and the Find Images in Online Databases section to access links to a variety of collections available for fair use.

Remember to always cite where you have obtained images from and also look at the terms of use.

UCLA faculty, staff, and students with specific copyright-related questions may contact UCLA Library staff at:

Can you use that picture?

Rights Clearing Houses

Here is a list of clearing houses and artists rights management organizations that you can contact to request permission to use images.

More Information on Copyright

Also consider using images freely available under Creative Commons licenses. See the Creative Commons Images page on this research guide.

Fair Use Training and Teaching Resources