Britannica ImageQuest

Access the world’s best image libraries from one safe and affordable site — now integrated with Britannica® School

Named a Best Database by School Library Journal and Best of Show at ISTE, Britannica® ImageQuest™ brings lessons, assignments, and projects to life with close to three million rights-cleared images from 59 leading collections … and growing! The Bridgeman Art Gallery, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and other top names have joined with Britannica to provide the best and broadest collection of curriculum-relevant imagery which is rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use.

And now, when you subscribe to both ImageQuest and Britannica School or Britannica® Library, users just log in once to search a topic in both resources. Research was never easier or more efficient!

“This Product Has Changed My Life.”

That’s what one educator told us about ImageQuest! Teachers can quickly find images for lesson plans and classroom activities, students will turn to the site for homework assignments and projects, while school or library staff can use images to spruce up flyers and websites.  Higher ed faculty can trust ImageQuest in course development, university publications, faculty research, student projects, and student Web pages and newspapers.

ImageQuest is truly life-changing —millions of images not freely available on the Web with almost as many uses!

Easily Integrate into the Classroom for Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning

Make creative use of ImageQuest to support language arts, math, science, and social studies curricula without risk of costly penalties for copyright infringement or getting questionable or inappropriate search results on other sites. ImageQuest is free of advertising and each image is accompanied by complete metadata to help students learn about and correctly use citations, an essential skill in all aspects of research.

Project ideas are provided to show teachers how to incorporate ImageQuest into a variety of subjects and across age groups. Ready-to-use albums group several images on the same topic together to provide a jumpstart for developing lessons, assignments, or projects.

Awards And Accolades

“No library should be without this database, which caters to an incredibly wide array of users.”—School Library Journal, February 2015

“This product wowed educators and students with its initial release…Now, the product is bigger and better. Simply put, this is one of the most effective collections of images ever compiled, and even made SLJ’s Best Databases.”  —School Library Journal, February 2015

“This is a great resource for anyone looking to add images to their school projects or papers…Not just because it’s easy to browse, but also because you don’t have to worry about copyright issues like you would with other image searches.”—Rebecca Hermen, Youth Services Supervisor, Dearborn Public Library, September 2014

“Now that I’ve used it, I don’t think I can live without it.” 
—Library Media Connection, November 2011

“A must-have database.” —Library Media Connection, April 2011

“Highly recommended.”
—Internet @ Schools, November 2011
—CHOICE Magazine, August 2011
—Library Media Connection, June 2011
—Booklist, January 2011


Common Core Standards

  • Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays to express information and enhance understanding.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse forms of media.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources.