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About this guide



        Use this research guide to: 
  • Find high-quality digital images for educational use
  • Learn about digital image databases and visual resources available through the University Libraries and the internet

Image Databases



Over one million high-quality images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.

AP Images

AP Images
Regional, state, national and international news photographs and historical images.

Bridgeman Education

Bridgeman Education
Over 300,000 images of visual culture across civilizations, continents and periods.

Images of works of art from around the world.

Credo Reference Image Search
Drag and drop images from the database to your desktop to use in a paper or presentation.

Image Collection, CMU Libraries
A growing collection of high-quality digital images selected by and for Carnegie Mellon users. Primary focus on art and architecture.

Swiss Poster Collection
Graphic design excellence collected between 1970 and 2010 by designer and typographer Ruedi Ruegg; donated to CMU.

More Image Resources

Contribute to the Image Collection
Carnegie Mellon University users can recommend digital images to include in the Image Collection for classroom teaching, Contact the Arts Resources Specialist for more details.

Browse Digital Image Collections
A comprehensive list of digital collections to browse for images.

Contact Me

Maranda Reilly
Arts Resources Specialist
Hunt Library, 4th Floor

Working from off campus?

Access to some resources may require authentication through the EZProxy service by entering your Andrew ID and password.

Any problems accessing electronic materials should be reported to:

More about Off-Campus/ Wireless access

Google Images



Use Google Images for quick reference or as a starting point.
Tip: Use Advanced Image Search to find images labeled for reuse.

Image Databases always offer high quality images and metadata. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artwork of the Day