Answered By: Cindy Frank
Last Updated: May 11, 2017     Views: 8

There is an image database called Artstor that the University licenses, and we can use those images for teaching and research purposes. 

For a wider variety of images you can search Google images or Flickr, but use the Creative Commons license. Go to and then look for Search Tools. If you click on Search tools then you can choose a filter such as "labelled for reuse", so that you can find images that can be used freely. Check the attached image. Please cite the name of the image and the photographer, and the website where you found the image.

This website explains how to cite images that you find on the web.

So no - the University does not have stock photos, but there are places to find images that are available within the laws of copyright.

Please email or call Cindy Frank, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Library, 301-405-6321



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