Find images , Rapu whakaahua

How to find images for your study or research.

The easiest place to look for images to use in your study is by using Discover and online.

Finding images of anything

Cultural and historical images

Use Flickr, NYPL and Digital New Zealand to find high-quality images of cultural, historical and heritage subjects.

You can find high resolution and/or culturally-authentic images at ARTStor.

Go to ARTStor

Using images legally

Many images are protected by copyright law, which limits who can copy and share them.

For more information on the legal and ethical use of images, see our copyright information for students

Sources of images

Art, Photography and Design images


A digital library of 2.5+ million quality images of art works and cultural objects. Strong historical focus, but includes extensive collections contemporary architecture and art.

Go to ARTstor

CC Search

Discover millions of images made available under Creative Commons licences – free to use with varying conditions.

Go to CC Search

Google Arts & Culture

Collections of high resolution images themed around movements or projects. Browse categories or search.

Go to Google Arts & Culture


Stock photos offered under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence (free for legal uses).

Go to Pexels


Free to use photos searchable by keyword or theme – credit the photographer when used.

Go to Unsplash

LUNA Commons

Art and cultural images from universities and cultural institutions free for educational use.

Go to LUNA Commons

AIGA Design Archives

Selections from AIGA design competition collections from 1924 on.

Go to AIGA Design Archives


Contemporary spatial and product design projects – explore their Product Library.

Go to Designboom

VADS: the online resource for visual arts

A large collection of art, crafts, design images free for educational use.

Go to VADS: the online resource for visual arts


Repository of quality art images, classical and contemporary. Search by genre or artist.

Go to WikiArt

Advertising, Fashion, Textiles images

Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Images shown top of results for any search.

Go to Bloomsbury Fashion Central

New Zealand Fashion Museum

Designs and events that have contributed to New Zealand's fashion identity.

Go to New Zealand Fashion Museum

Vogue Archive (US Edition)

Search for garments, accessories, ads and so on from the 1890s onward.

Go to Vogue Archive

V&A Museum Collections

Art, craft, textile and fashion historical images available for educational use.

Go to V&A Museum Collections


A large fashion photo archive.

Go to FirstView

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

Rich source for early ads and the rise of consumerism.

Go to Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

History and Heritage images


Heritage and contemporary images from New Zealand institutions and communities. Open Filters to search.

Go to DigitalNZ

Flickr: The Commons

Includes millions of historical images sourced from books and cultural institutions.

Go to Flickr: The Commons

NYPL Digital Collections

Over 600,000 freely-usable images from the New York Public Library's collection – many high resolution.

Go to NYPL Digital Collections

British Library Online Gallery

Illustrations, photographs and maps from their collections.

Go to British Library Online Gallery

World Digital Library

Images of cultural treasures from over 190 countries.

Go to World Digital Library

Wellcome Images

Quality medical, social history and oriental art images – many historical.

Go to Wellcome Images


A digital library of 2.5+ million quality images of art works and cultural objects. Includes architecture and gardens.

Go to ARTstor

Popular culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Includes rich visual sources on protests, fashion, media, counter culture and ads of the period.

Go to Popular culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Media Arts

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

New Zealand culture and history through moving image clips and films.

Go to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision


Selected live and on-demand recordings from over 40 pay and free channels.

Go to eTV


A film and video sharing site with creative practice focus.

Go to Vimeo


More than music – includes ambient sounds and sound art files.



A portal for video art content from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Go to ArtBabble

Internet Archive – Arts & Music

Library of videos and VJ loops – many available for use under Creative Commons.

Go to the Internet Archive – Arts & Music

Wikimedia Commons

Includes public domain audio and video clips.

Go to Wikimedia Commons

Ask a librarian

We're here to help you find the resources you need for your study. Ask a librarian by email, over the phone, or at a service point in any campus library.

Auckland campus library

Freephone – all students

0800 627 739 – ask for the library


Postal address
Private Bag 102904
North Shore Mail Centre
Auckland 0745

Physical address
Gate 1, East Precinct
Albany Expressway (SH17)
Auckland 0632

Manawatū campus library, Palmerston North

Freephone – all students

0800 627 739 – ask for the library


Postal address
Private Bag 11054
Palmerston North 4442

Physical address
Tennent Drive
Palmerston North 4410

Wellington campus library

Freephone – all students

0800 627 739 and ask for the library

Direct dial phone

Postal address
Massey University Library
Private Bag 756
Wellington 6140

Physical address

Massey University Library
Block 5
63 Wallace Street
Wellington 6021

Remote and distance contacts

Freephone - all students

0800 627 739 - ask for the library

Related content

Copyright student guide

What you're allowed to copy and share online, and how to get permission to use images in your thesis.