Britannica ImageQuest

Royalty free images to expand your collection

Access over 3 million images from 60 of the world’s most respected image libraries

ImageQuest draws on image libraries from the likes of Getty and the National Portrait Gallery to provide high-quality, trustworthy images for learners of all ages.

Each photo or illustration comes with fully referenced metadata information, including the source, the copyright holder, caption and keywords. Because Britannica has done the work of finding the best photos – most of which are not freely available on the web – you can trust the source and be certain that you’re providing library users with accurate images.

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Rights cleared

All images in ImageQuest are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use making it perfect for adult learners preparing presentations or other long documents and those creating posters for free events.

Safe search

Our editors review all photos and images before they are included in the ImageQuest library to ensure they are appropriate for use by all members of the general public.


What types of images can I find in Britannica ImageQuest?

Britannica ImageQuest includes photographs, maps, diagrams, clip art and other images from over 50 of the best collections around the world. These are cross-curricular and include images from a variety of subjects including but not limited to: life and medical sciences, geography, history, literature, art and mathematics.

How can I use Britannica ImageQuest images?

Images can be used in numerous ways: as part of a project, homework, assignments, internal websites or ‘workspace’. The high quality of all the images means they display very well on interactive white boards and projectors.

Can I copy, download or reuse images in my own work?

All Britannica content is royalty-free and cleared for copyright on the condition that it is being used for an educational, non-commercial purpose. You may not remove or alter any copyright, trademark, service mark or other legends or proprietary notices. Each downloaded image includes a small watermark in the upper left corner.

How can we integrate Britannica ImageQuest?

Access to ImageQuest does not require individual login IDs or passwords. There are a range of authentication options. We work with most LMS systems and also provide access through IP authentication and URL referral. Britannica will work with your institution to provide remote access. For further technical support, please contact Britannica on +44 (0)20 7500 7800. This service is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm UK time.

How will the Britannica team support my subscription?

Britannica provides a range of online resources to help with the uptake and use of its resources; links can be found here. Britannica provides regular online webinars for new and existing customers; you can book these here. In addition, for new customers, we organise customer-specific online training tailored to meet your school’s specific needs.