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If you are unable to use real photos in your library marketing, high-quality stock photos are your next best option. But finding good stock photos can be a challenge, especially if you don’t want to pay a fee. Stock photos should be of high quality, not blurry, and not look too cliche.

There are three excellent sites that your library could consider using for free stock photos: Unsplash, Pixabay, and Negative Space.
All of these sites do not require attribution to use its photos, although giving credit is always appreciated.
What are the advantages to each one of these sites?


  • Beautiful, high-quality images
  • Has a collections feature
  • Simple search tool
  • Has an iOS app


  • Beautiful, high-quality images
  • Largest collection of images on any site
  • Simple search tool
  • Offers Illustrations

Negative Space:

  • Features work from amateur photographers
  • Simple search tool
  • Some photos Require Attribution

These three sites should get you started for finding great stock images. Other sites you might want to consider include Pexels and Pikwizard.

You can also check out the latest Digital Byte that features more about these sites.