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"Free images and videos you can use ANYWHERE"

Have you cited that image correctly? What type of rights did the originator of that photo grant for re-use? Have you given proper attribution to the creator of that picture? Does that picture and video fall under fair use? The list of questions goes on and on with regards to using images and videos from the internet. Pixabay, might be a great solution for you and your students. So what is Pixabay?... "All Pixabay images and videos are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required."....in other words, it's a picture solution!

A sample of some Pixabay images and their uses

Signing Up

The link below will take you to Pixabay. Anyone can download pictures from Pixabay! If you want to download the large size images, like what was used for the background of this Smore, you will have to sign up for a free account. A small price to pay for huge bank of attribution free images. Be sure to check out the illustrations, vector graphics, and videos section of the website.

A Note of Caution

The top row of pictures in any search result in Pixabay, has Shutterstock watermarks. These watermarked images are considered "sponsored" images and are NOT free of all copyright. As with any resource including websites, databases, and research tools, students and teachers should receive instruction from their librarian so they understand how to use them properly.

A Shout Out to RRLC

Without attending RRLC's Creative Common's Workshop in Fairport, NY we may have never found this awesome resource. Be sure to check out some of their upcoming workshops and trainings by going to their website listed below.

Rochester Regional Library Counsil


"The W-FL School Library System is a catalyst for information access and use for all people, at all times, in all places, through resource sharing and support"