New resources – free!

There are a wide variety of resources available to you online for free which we have curated here for you. In addition, many publishers have made their products free to universities during the Covid-19 crisis, so you can find access to these below as well!

Resources we have arranged access to just for you:

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts combines visual inspiration with practical advice on everything from idea generation and research techniques to portfolio development – making this the ultimate guide to a visual arts education.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is a leading digital resource for the study of architecture, urbanism, and interior design.

Bloomsbury Design Library

The Bloomsbury Design Library gives comprehensive global coverage of the history, theory and practice of crafts and design, from prehistoric times to the present day.

Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, Fairchild Fashion eBook Library and Fashion Photography Archive

Bloomsbury Fashion Central is a dynamic digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. Content is peer reviewed by industry and academic experts and includes Berg Fashion Library, Fashion Photography Archive, Fairchild Books Library, and Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases.

Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive

In partnership with YOOX-NET-A-PORTER, Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive exhibits almost 3,000 spectacular fashion shows presented in Paris, London, New York, and Milan by 460 international designers, and covers the period 1979 to 2003.

Britannica Academic

Articles across a huge range of topics written to provide balanced, global perspectives and insights.

Britannica ImageQuest

Millions of rights-cleared images from one trusted site available for you to download and use

Drama Online

The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.

JSTOR extended access to collections and eBooks

JSTOR have opened up their collections so you can now access all content from Arts & Sciences collections I-XV. There are also over 35,000 ebooks now available through the JSTOR platform.


Useful resources free online:


A free distribution service and an open-access archive for 1,678,153 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering and similar subject areas.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Provides free access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Directory of Open Access Books

Provides free access to academic, peer reviewed books open access books. Type your keywords into the search box to find books.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches for academic literature, including articles and books. It often links to full access but if you find something that you would like and can’t access, please complete the Item Request Form, or email us:

Free resources

A selection of free art books, images, gallery tours and exhibitions from around the web

Check back for updates, we will continue to add new resources as they become available.


Copyright Free Image, Audio and Video Resources:
list compiled by the University of Glasgow

Online Image Resources

Please note, in some cases, you may need to create an account in order to download images, audio or video from certain websites.
Remember, always check the terms and conditions associated with images, before using them and always provide attribution (give credit) to the rights holder.

Ancestry Images  – a collection of historical prints for non–commercial use (providing attribution has be given to the rights holder).

Avopix – a large collection of images and vector illustration images. Remember to specify ‘free’ images when searching, otherwise you get commercial/copyright protected images appearing in your search results.

The British Library (copyright free images) – this is the official Flickr account for the British Library, which contains over one million copyright free images.

British Cartoon Archive – in some cases images can be downloaded (when the licence permits it) from the vast and historical archive.

Creative Commons Search – you can search for media in a number of websites that use Creative Commons (CC).

Foter – a nice range of images, some a little more obscure. You can refine your search specifically for CC, which would always be advised.

FreeFoto – this website currently has an archive of 130,000 images that are free to ‘private non-commercial’ users. Some images can be used subject to you providing attribution and others are licensed through CC. The website allows images to be used for educational purposes and in some online media, providing attribution is provided.

Gratisography – this website has a wide range of creative and unique images, which can be used in both personal and commercial projects – please remember to read the licence agreement before using images.

Harry Ransom Center – this is a collection of 10,000 movie posters spanning from 1920 – 1970. Please make sure you read the rights usage licence associated with each image you intend to use.

John Johnson Info – this search engine is aimed at students. Image results are taken from Flickr and it provides an attribution link.

Libre stock – an extensive collection, comprising of Creative Commons 0 (CC0) licensed images and videos for you to use.

Morgue File – high-quality images for creatives by creatives. When searched for specifically, there is a range of CC images. Please note you have to click on each individual image to see what licence is associated with it.

NASA Image and Video gallery – you can search through NASA’s extensive image and video gallery, as always, please remember and read the usage (terms and conditions) before using resources from this collection.

Picsearch – an image search engine, please read the licence agreement associated with images found using this search engine to make sure they are suitable for you to use.

Photoree – is a useful search engine that lets you refine searches by using licence filters and then search image hosting websites using the criteria you’ve specified.

Pixabay – has a wide range of high-quality images and graphics, all of which fall under the CC0 licence, a very copyright friendly site.

Public Domain Photos – 5000 free stock photos can be viewed and downloaded from the is website. All images are in the public domain; however, as always please provide attribution to the rights holder.

Smithsonian -This open access collection, comprising of over 2 million images and nearly two centuries worth of data, can be downloaded, transformed and shared.

StockSnap – this collection, comprises of high resolution images, which are updated weekly and all have a Creative commons 0 (CC0) licence associated with them .

TinEye – this is a reverse image search engine. Ideal if you’re trying to track down the online source of an image.

Unrestricted Stock – this website has high quality images and vector graphics available. According to the current licence agreement, everything on the website is free.

Unsplash – expansive collections of free to use images for non-commercial and commercial purposes. Although attribution is not required, providing credit for the creator of an image is encouraged, more information here.

Van Gogh Museum’s French Printmaking – Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum has made available a most impressive collection of French prints from 1890 – 1905, which can be downloaded for non-commercial use.

Victorian Illustrated Archive – created by PhD graduate (Michael Goodman), this archive contains over 3,000 digitised line drawings from four major volumes of Shakespeare’s complete works in the Victorian era. Please remember and provide attribution (credit to the rights holder), when using one of the images from this collection.

Wellcome Library – enables you to search their database(s) of images. Content on the website (unless otherwise) stated is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 International licence.


Online Audio Resources

Please note, in some cases below, you may need to create an account in order to download the audio files.

Always give attribution (credit) to the rights holder.

AudionautiX – a collection of music, created by a single composer/sound engineer. All work is licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 licence, so be sure to provide attribution when using materials from this website.

Free Music Archive – the free music archive contains a wide range of music from various genres, created by artists and uploaded by them.

Free Stock Music – a library of royalty free music, full licence agreement can be viewed on this webpage.

Free Sound Effects from the BBC – choose a free sound effect from 16,016 which can be used for personal, educational or research purposes.

Free Sound– an extensive library of sound effects.

Dig CC Mixter – original music created by arts is uploaded to the extensive and growing music library. Please observe the licences associated with work from this website.

InCompetech – a wide selection of background music and music tracks.

Sound Image – music and sounds effects created by a single artist.

YouTube audio Library – you can use either a wide range of music or sound effects in YouTube or other content you create. Please remember to view the terms and conditions associated with this website.


Online Video Resources

Please note, in some cases below, you may need to create an account in order to download video files.

Always give attribution (credit) to the rights holder.

Clipstill – a useful collection of cinemagraphs (short photographic animations that repeat). These are more suited for use on websites. Please read the licence agreement, to see how these cinemagraphs can be used.

Moving Image ArchiveThis library of videos contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users. Many of the movies in the collection have Creative Commons (CC) licences. If a movie has a Creative Commons licence associated with it, a CC logo will be visible – click on this to see the particular licence.

Open Culture – The aim of this website is to provide a wide range of cultural and educational media including free films, courses and books (available in audio).

Pexels – a collection of free stock videos for use in your content. As always, please check the licence agreement, before using content from this website.

Stock footage 4 free – a vast royalty free video collection, comprising of stock footage. To download and make use of the videos, all you need to do, is set up a free account. Full licence agreement can be viewed on this webpage.

Videvo – thousands of free stock video, motion graphics, music and sound effects. There are various licences associated with the content on this website, check the licence agreement to view the conditions of each licence before using the videos.

YouTube TEDThis channel contains video recordings of TED talks, which are licensed under Creative Commons, allowing you to link or embed the videos.