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Open Educational Resources (OER) by Subject: Multimedia Resources

Multimedia OERs

  • AllGo Plus Size (Public domain) A photo collection featuring plus-size people doing normal, everyday things.
  • American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action (CC BY-NC) A photo collection featuring students and teachers from preschool to high school, including pictures focusing on trades, COVID, science, language, art, and more.
  • Calisphere (Open Access) Calisphere is your gateway to digital collections from California's great libraries, archives, and museums. Discover over 1,975,000 images, texts, and recordings. 
  • Creative Commons Search (Various CC licenses) A search tool developed by Creative Commons that searches more than 300 million open images.
  • Disabled and Here (CC BY) This collection is a disability-led effort to provide free and inclusive stock photos featuring disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) across the Pacific Northwest.
  • Flikr (CC search filter) The Flickr Creative Commons Search allows you to search all of image sources for items that are either CC-licensed or public domain.
  • The Gender Spectrum Collection (CC BY-NC-ND) A stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives.
  • Google Images (CC search filter) Google Images will allow you to filter results to only show openly licensed images. Under “Tools” set “Usage Rights” to be “Labelled for Reuse.”
  • Images of Empowerment (CC BY-NC) A library of images celebrating women’s lives and their work in 11 countries around the world.
  • Nappy (CC0) Nappy is a collection of free photos of Black and Brown people spanning exercise/physical activity; food; work; and the nouns, people, places, and things.
  • The Noun Project (Various CC licenses) A catalogue of symbols that are created and uploaded by graphic designers under a CC-license.
  • Open-i (Various CC and other licenses) A service of the National Library of Medicine enables search and retrieval of abstracts and images (including charts, graphs, clinical images, etc.) from the open source literature, and biomedical image collections. Searching may be done using text queries as well as query images. Open-i provides access to over 3.7 million images from about 1.2 million PubMed Central® articles; 7,470 chest x-rays with 3,955 radiology reports; 67,517 images from NLM History of Medicine collection; and 2,064 orthopedic illustrations.
  • Open Peeps (CC0) A hand-drawn illustration library that works like building blocks made of vector arms, legs, and emotions. You can mix these elements to create different Peeps.
  • OpenVerse (Various CC licenses) An extensive library of free stock photos, images, and audio, available for free use.
  • Pexels (CC0) A collection of free stock photos without copyright restrictions.
  • PICNOI (CC0) A collection of free stock photos featuring people of colour.
  • Queer in Tech (CC BY) A photo collection to promote the visibility of queer and gender-nonconforming (GNC) people in technology, who are often under-represented as workers powering the creative, technical, and business leadership of groundbreaking tech companies and products.
  • Smithsonian Open Access (Various CC licenses) Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—2D and 3D digital items from its collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.
  • (CC0) High quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of – including commercial usage – for free.
  • Stock photos focused around diversity, equity, and inclusion (Various CC licenses)
  • UBC’s Aggregated List of Image Sources (Various CC licenses) A comprehensive list of image collections that are either in the Public Domain or Creative Commons licensed. The list includes multidisciplinary collections, as well as those specific to the humanities and sciences.
  • UKBlackTech (CC BY) A collection of stock photos featuring BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) adults and children work with tech.
  • unDraw (openly licensed to use, share, & modify) unDraw provides open-source illustrations for any idea you can imagine and create.
  • Unsplash (free to use and change) A collection of free high-resolution photographs that do not have any copyright restrictions.
  • U.S. Government Photos and Images (Public domain) A vast collection of photos and images from the U.S. Government, many of which are in the public domain and free to use.
  • Wikimedia Commons (Various CC licences) Wikimedia Commons contains over 20 million freely usable image, sound, and video files.
  • WOCinTechChat (CC BY) A collection of stock photos featuring women of colour working in tech.
  • SlidesGo Free Google Slides and PowerPoint templates to boost your presentations.
  • SlidesCarnival Free PPT templates & Google Slides themes for your presentations. Free for any use, no registration or download limits
  • SlidesMania Free Google Slides and PowerPoint templates to boost your Free creative PowerPoint templates and Google Slides themes -Much more than presentations
  • Bach’s ooGoldberg Variations (CC0) The Open Goldberg Variations (Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 988), played by Kimiko Ishizaka on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano, are free to download and share.
  • Free Sound (Various CC licences) A collection of searchable audio clips uploaded by users.
  • BLOSSOMS Video Library (CC BY-NC-SA) BLOSSOMS Video Library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.
  • Pexels Videos (CC0) A collection of free stock videos without copyright restrictions.
  • POV by PBS (© unless otherwise indicated) POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Check out the Film Archives.
  • TED Talks (CC BY-NC-ND) TED’s videos are all Creative Commons licensed, unless otherwise indicated.
  • University of California at Berkeley Lectures (CC BY) A collection of 20,000 college lectures published by UCBerkeley.
  • Videvo (Various CC and other licences) Thousands of free stock videos, motion graphics, music tracks and sound effects
  • Vimeo (CC search feature) A video hosting platform. People posting videos have the option of adding a CC licence to the video.
  • YouTube (CC search feature) A large video hosting platform. People posting videos have the option of adding a CC licence to the video.


Content included in the OER by Subject Research Guide by Skyline Library is licensed CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise indicated.