Free to share
‘Free to share’ content can be copied by anyone and shared with anyone because it has been published with a copyright-friendly licence such as Creative Commons.
It includes images, videos, music, books, teaching materials and so on. Depending on the specific licence that the creator has used on their ‘free to share’ work, you may also be able to add to, edit, and remix these materials.
Who can use Free to Share content?
Anyone can. You don’t need to be a student, member of staff, or even a member of this Library to use and share these materials.
Where do I find Free to Share content?
Here's a list of websites and repositories to get you started:
You can also use Google or other search engines to look for Free to Share works, by adding ‘Creative Commons’ to your search terms. For example:
- kangaroo paw images Creative Commons
- physics textbook Creative Commons
- audio Jane Austen Creative Commons
To look for free to share content you can also modify, use an ‘advanced search’ option such as Google Image Search, for images, or Google Advanced Search, for text and other materials. Use the ‘Usage rights’ filter to select a licence you want the content to have.
Check the Creative Commons licence applied to any specific work to see how you can use it.
Open Access and Free to Share: what is the difference?
Open Access usually applies to scholarly journals and repositories, and means that there are no restrictions, such as a paywall, on who can read the contents.
Open Access does not necessarily mean ‘free to share’: It may only mean that you can copy and download an article, for instance, for your own study and research.
You can learn more about the licences used for Free to Share content at Copyright Matters - Creative Commons and & other copyright-friendly materials.
Take a look at our Free to share infographic for more ideas on how to use these resources.