Maps and images

Please remember that images you find using the databases below and from searching online (e.g. Google Images, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram) are subject to copyright. You are not usually free to just copy/download an image and use it in your own work. In some cases you may do this if you attribute the image (that means reference it correctly). In fact, it is good practice to always reference any image you use, whether in an essay, on a website or blog, or in a presentation. Sometimes you will not be permitted to reproduce an image at all. Please check the right to reproduce information with the image and ask in the Library if you are unsure.

British Cartoon Archive 
Access more than 200,000 cartoons dating back to 1904, including the entire Giles Collection.
Access: free online.
British Library Images
Over a million copyright-free images made available from the British Library archives. These include maps, geological diagrams, comic satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and much more.
Access: free online.
Digimap is a database giving access to Ordnance Survey maps and map data, Arial photographs and Lidar data*, either to download for use with application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap itself. You will need to register using your NUA email to use this service. 

* Lidar data is a very accurate model of the earth’s surface; this data is captured by firing very rapid laser pulses at the ground surface.
Access: on and off-campus. You need to register with Digimap when you use the resource for the first time.
Digimap help

Portal to 50 million artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from several major European art and music collections.
Access: free online.

The world’s largest fashion database and photo archive with over 4 million fashion photos, videos and more.
Access: free online.

The John Johnson Collection
The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera gives access to over 65,000 digitised documents in five main categories exploring everyday life from the 18th to the early 20th century : 19th-Century Entertainment; The Booktrade; Popular Prints; Crime; Advertising (See also VADS for major images from the collection).
Access: on and off-campus.
NYPL Digital Gallery
Free access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s collections (including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more).
Access: free online.
Visual Arts Data Service
VADS includes 140,000 images (fashion, textiles, posters, prints and design artefacts) from over 50 diverse UK collections. Images are copyright-cleared for non-commercial educational use and personal research.
Access: free online.
Wellcome Images
Free low and high-res historical images from the Wellcome Library collections, including Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books, and many detailed medical photographs inspiring in shape, colour and texture. Images free to reuse with attribution.
Access: free online