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Open Access Resources

A guide to free and public online resources covering a wide range of topics.



  • All things avant garde.

UC Press Ebooks Collection, 1982-2004

  • Includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.

University of Arizona Theses and Dissertations

  • Over 30,000 theses and dissertations are included in this collection, including the entire digitized backfile from 1895.

University of New Mexico Electronic Theses and Dissertations

  • A digital repository that can also be browsed by subject.


Victoria and Albert Museum

  • A digitized collection of V&A items.

Visual Arts Data Service

  • VADS makes available more than 100,000 images across 45 different collections submitted by participating U.K. institutions.


Web Gallery of Art

  • An online database of more than 24,000 digital images of European painting and sculpture from the Romanesque period through Romanticism.

Wikimedia Commons

  • Hosts more than 6 million media files contributed to the site by users.

Wikimedia Free Image Resources

  • List of Web sources of images under free licenses.

Wikimedia Public Domain Image Resources

  • List of sources of public domain images on the Web

William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive

  • This database comprises of biographies and primary source materials on 19th century, Texas artisans & artists in ceramics, furniture, textiles, metalworks, photographs, paintings, and works on paper.

World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

  • These are journal articles published in World Bank journals as well as externally by World Bank authors.

World Digital Library

  • Offers historically significant primary documents (including books, manuscripts, and still and motion pictures) from all inhabited regions of the world in high-quality digital format.


  • Provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project, containing approximately 100,000 images.


Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

  • Offers more than 250,000 digitized images of photographs, textual documents, illuminated manuscripts, maps, works of art, and books in the Beinecke’s collections.