Image Database

Find the Perfect Illinois Photo for your Project

The Image Database provides consistent, quality images of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that should be used whenever possible to reflect the excellence of Illinois on websites, printed materials, presentations and other communications pieces. Each image was chosen to help you illustrate your program through unique and universally applicable images.

All images in the database are free for use in university promotions; they are not authorized for any other uses.

Login to the Image Database.

Request Access

For first time users of the Image Database:

  1. Send an e-mail to Include your first and last name and the e-mail address you would like to use for your user name.
  2. Once verified, you will receive an email invitation from Click on the URL to access the Image Database.
  3. When you arrive at the home page for the Database, choose Sign Up and create a free account. You should now be able to access the Database.

Additional Information

If you have questions or need assistance with the Image Database, please contact

Image Database Policy Agreement

General Questions

How can I gain access to the database?

If you are a part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, simply fill out the form below. You will receive an invitation via email from the Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing via Photoshelter. Click on the url in the invitation. When you arrive at the home page for the database, choose “sign up” and create a free account. You should now be able to access the database.

Who has access to the database?

Anyone on campus who wishes to use the photos for the purpose of promoting the university and its programs.

Does StratCom charge for use of the images?

The images in the database are free as long as they are not used on merchandise sold for profit.

Do I need to credit the photos I use from the database?

No photo credit is required.

Technical Support

I set up an account. When I log in, I see Photoshelter images instead of the Illinois Image Database. Why?

In order to view and download from the Image Database, you need to obtain access from StratCom. Email with your first and last name and your email address.

Photoshelter doesn’t seem to recognize my email address when I try to log in.

The most common reason for this is that Photoshelter will only recognize your email address if it is written exactly the way it was put into the system when you were granted access. If you were added before the switch to, you will need to use your email address. If that still doesn’t work, contact for assistance.