Copyright-Free Media

1. Library of Congress Archive:

Offers original manuscripts, audio recordings, archived websites, and original maps dating back to the 15th century. Offers several databases and digital collections as well.

2. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: 

Provides new non-copyrighted maps as they are received by the U.S. government. Doesn’t offer maps as old as those offered by the Library of Congress Archive, but has an extensive collection.

3. Ibiblio:

Massive database including hundreds of searchable databases within it. Includes literature, music, history, geography, and tech databases/resources.

4. National Gallery of Art: 

Over 51,000 open access digital images; searchable by collections (frequently requested, new pieces, mythology, etc.)

Free Nature Stock
Photo Stock Editor
1. Videvo

Footage, motion graphics, and music/SFX. Easy to navigate

2. Musopen

Freely accessible recordings and sheet music. Easy to navigate

3. Freesound

Sound bites and music searchable by tag

Project Gutenberg

Collection holds over 60,000 ebooks for expired copyright material

Open Library

Hosted by the Internet Archive

The Literature Network

Full books, short stories, and poems. Features a quote database.


Classics, proverbs, poetry, and University collections

Read Easily

Ebooks that are easy to navigate, with increased zoom and other needs-based configurations


University collections

Classic Literature Library

American, British and children’s classic books










Public Domain Poetry

Searchable by first/last name, or first line

Also hosts poetry contests

Poetry Foundation

Can listen or read thousands of poems, searchable by collection, poem, or poet

Famous Poets and Poems

Searchable by theme or poet

Searchable by keywords; famous and obscure poetry

1. Copyright Clearance Center 

Ultimate information and resource library with permission services for businesses, academia, and publishers (pay-per-use); helps companies and schools manage vast amounts of data and access information

2. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 

Easy to understand, government-issued information; can register patents and trademarks. Offers basics and FAQ in different languages

3. U.S. Copyright Office

Also government-issued information; can register a copyright or record documents. Offers FAQ section as well.

4. Copyright Alliance

Nonprofit organization providing copyright laws and resources by state, with copyright events and news

5. Digital Media Law Project

Focus on copyright claims, intellectual property, and trademark issues (and how to solve them)

6. Stanford Library Copyright Search

One example of indexed copyright renewable books published in the U.S.; from 1923 – 1963.