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Where To Find Free Photos, Clip Art, Films, Music, Online Courses and Books

Updated on March 27, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Backgrounds, lines, shapes, topic clip art pictures, and lots more.
Backgrounds, lines, shapes, topic clip art pictures, and lots more. | Source

Internet Resources

Here is a long list that you will find for some of the very best and largest collections of free clip art sites and related media on the Internet. They have been gathering across the World Wide Web since back in the beginning of wide public access in 1996.

It would have been a miracle to have had such collections when we were doing academic papers and presentations before the Internet emerged.

I have used all of the sites listed below over the years and add continue to find and use new websites for their collections as I find them. Whenever I do find a good site, I add it to this list.

If you cannot find what you need among these links, some of the sites contain instructions for searching for other public domain materials across the Internet and for designing your own images. Any of those suggestions may be of use to you.

The web sites listed below provide totally free clip art with no royalties, no payments, and no special copying or usage rights involved. They are easy to use, offer high quality clip art and graphics images, continuous addition of new stock, and often, free photos as well.

Some sites for public domain music, films, and books are also included.

It would have been a miracle to have had such collections when we were doing academic papers and presentations before the Internet emerged.

Over 3,000,000 New Free Images

Each year, new collections of free or public domain images are posted to the Internet, making writers' and illustrators' jobs easier when they wish to attractively format a publication.

One of the most recent and best such image collections is a subset of Flickr called Open Culture, advertised for educational and cultural enhancement.

This site offers many more categories than photos and clip art, and these include textbooks, international language lessons, academic online courses prepared by people qualified to do so, films, international pieces of art work, K-12 classroom materials, recorded live concerts, and dozens of other types of materials.

Open Culture at www.openculture.com/

Open Culture Free Materials

Libraries across the USA review Open Culture favorably.

3,000,000+ Free Images
900 Free Audio Books
800+ eBooks
1,150 Free Movies Online
1,200 Online Courses
50 Free Language Courses
150 Business Courses

High Quality Clip Art

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  • #1 Free Clipart: 1clipart.com/
  • 8,000 Clip Art and 5,000 Photos at Public Domain Photos. This is one of my favorite sites and it provides many good images for HubPages, blogs, and eBooks.
  • All Free Clipart: allfreeclipart.com/
  • Free Vector All-Free Downloads - One of the absolute best websites for clip art and lines, with an ongoing and huge collection of fresh and professional-looking material.
  • Barry's Clipart: barrysclipart.com/
  • Bravenet: resources.bravenet.com/clipart/
  • Buttons, Horizontal Lines, and More: graphics-4free.com/
  • Classroom Clipart: classroomclipart.com/
  • Clip Art Heaven: clipartheaven.com/
  • Christian Clipart: christart.com/
  • Free Clipart Pictures: freeclipartpictures.com/
  • Jewish Clipart: alloccasion-clipart.com/jewish.htm
  • Microsoft Office Online free clipart: office.microsoft.com/en-us

Looking for a cousin in clip art?

Elvis Presley. Even my 13th cousin is available in clip art!
Elvis Presley. Even my 13th cousin is available in clip art! | Source
  • Microsoft Office Online free clipart: office.microsoft.com/en-us
  • Myfreeclipart.com/
  • Open Clip Art Library - Another one of the best online.
  • Laserdogtags.com/clipindx.html
  • Photos and Clip Art at Pixabay.com: I probably use this site more than any other image site, since new pictures and graphics are added every day. An image of the day is provided as a sample iof their collections.
  • Religious: A Collection of Different Faiths: clipartreview.com/_gallery/_search_term_pages/religious.html
  • Webweaver.nu/

Free Photos Of Many Kinds

Cousin Elvis with President Richard M. Nixon in a 1970 White House visit.
Cousin Elvis with President Richard M. Nixon in a 1970 White House visit. | Source

Free and Public Domain Photos

  • Aerospace and Aeronautics: NASA.gov
  • Creative Commons: search.creativecommons.org/
  • Every Stock Photo: everystockphoto.com/
  • Free Pixels: freepixels.com/
  • Free Range: freerangestock.com/
  • Library of Congress (LOC): loc.gov/pictures/
  • LIFE Magazine: Find a set of free images at images.google.com/hosted/life
  • MorgueFile: morguefile.com/
  • Pictures From Old Books: fromoldbooks.org/
  • Pixabay: Pixabay.com
  • Public Domain Pictures: publicdomainpictures.net/
  • Public Domain image clusters on Flickr: flickr.com/photos/tags/publicdomain
  • Stock Exchange - some images require credit attribution: sxc.hu/
  • US Government Graphics: firstgov.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml
  • US National Archives Photo Stream on Flickr: flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/ - It is still good to note and credit photos as being from the US National Archives
  • World Images: worldart.sjsu.edu

Free Borders

Many free clip art sites offer free borders and free bullet points as well.

Free borders and page divider graphics are also available online.
Free borders and page divider graphics are also available online.
Holiday clipart is very popular and a number of sites offer free clipart for holidays of many nations and faiths.
Holiday clipart is very popular and a number of sites offer free clipart for holidays of many nations and faiths.

Free Education

Free Books, Plays, Stories, and Manuscripts

Free Books Online; and In Print For Review

  • Public Domain Books at Project Gutenberg: www.gutenberg.org/ -- This website provides numerous classic books and short stories in print and audio formats. If you have been searching for an out-of-print work, you might find it online here. You'll see classics, science fiction from the Golden Age, and other genres.

Additional Free Book Offerings

Additional Free Materials

Dolly Parton Free Books

Singer-Songwriter-Actress Dolly Parton provides free books to children up to age 5.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Headquarters

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Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA
get directions

Free Movies and Music

  • Public Domain Music: pdinfo.com/
  • Public Domain Films: Don't forget YouTube.com!
  • Free Films: Mylifetime

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    • trusouldj profile image

      trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

      Beautiful photos.

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      Cheri Hutson 4 years ago from Eastern Ohio

      Thanks for the list! I'll be sure to bookmark it for future use.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for this, Patty. I have bookmarked this article and I am sure will come back to it again and again. An excellent resource. Thank you!

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you for this info - you've shared bunches... I'll have to check some of them out.  

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thanks, rheo and WordPlay for the good additions!

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Hi, Patty. This site has totally free vintage clip art: vintageholidaycrafts.com

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      rheo 9 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario

      http://www.familyfungraphics.com -high resolution and free for personal use.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from North America

      Thanks for that one!

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      Awender 10 years ago

      www.openclipart.org