Find free content for reuse

It is possible to find free content online. There are several websites available that can help you. 

Even if the content is free, you should still make sure you credit the creator and the source. This is usually a condition of use. 

Recommended sites 

We recommend the following sites: 

  • Google: Filter your searches for content licensed for re-use, go to Google Advanced Search, put your search terms in the boxes at the top, then scroll down to “usage rights”, select the type of licence under which you would like to find materials and click “Advanced search” 
  • Creative Commons: Search a number of websites for material licensed under Creative Commons 
  • Public Domain Review: Curated collections of images, audio, books and film 
  • Internet Archive: Library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more 
  • Open Culture: Links to open online courses, audio, video and books 


Flickr: Search and browse for content available under Creative Commons licences. You can also perform a search, then narrow your results to display only those images available under a specific licence 

You can also search under the Flickr Commons project, where cultural institutions make photographs with no known copyright restrictions available. 

  • The Noun Project: Find images and icons available free for use as long as the creator and source are credited
  • Pexels: Offers many images for free without any restrictions on use 
  • British Library: The British Library have made over one million images available for re-use on Flickr 
  • Getty Museum: images from the collections at the Getty Museum available for re-use 


  • Free Music Archive: Music for free under different licences, including Creative Commons
  • dig.ccmixter: Search for music available for download and remixing under Creative Commons licences 
  • Jamendo: Music available under Creative Commons licences 
  • Music by Moby made available for inclusion in non-commercial films 


  • Vimeo: Browse content available under the Creative Commons licences 

Teaching materials 

  • Jisc Store: Includes freely available educational apps and resources 
  • OER Commons: Worldwide collection of open educational resources.