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Art & Design Research Guide

A guide to library resources on art and design


You can use the resources on this page for a variety of purposes, including:

  • browsing digitized modern and historic artwork
  • finding images to use for research and presentations
  • identifying primary source archives
How do I know which images I can reuse in my own work?

With proper citation, you can use many images for most educational, non-commercial purposes under the fair use principle.  Before reusing any images, please explore our Copyright guide for additional information.  A librarian can help you navigate copyright guidance, but we are not able to provide legal advice

Your safest option will always be to use images that are in the public domain, either because they are older materials or because the creators have explicitly allowed their free use.

Digital Image Databases

See also:
See Creative Commons information on the left.

Saint Louis City Hall

Saint Louis City Hall

Saint Louis City Hall

Highsmith, Carol M.  Building Detail with Clock, City Hall, St. Louis, Missouri.  2009, photograph, Library of Congress Highsmith Archive, Washington, D.C.