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Read the following information before using any image from the NSF Image Library:

  • Unless otherwise stated, images in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Image Library are available for use in print and electronic material by NSF employees, members of the media, university staff, teachers, and the general public. All images in the library are intended for personal, educational, and nonprofit/non-commercial use only. Some images may carry additional restrictions placed on them by the owner. Such restrictions will appear under the heading "Restrictions" on the screen with caption and credit information. In cases where a restriction states that the potential user must contact the owner prior to using the image, it is the responsibility of the potential user to follow through with this and obtain permission prior to using the image. Also, users of the library are required by law to honor all copyright restrictions indicated herein. These restrictions must be adhered to.


  • Any image used in the library must be credited as stated on the screen with caption and credit information. It is a condition of the library that anyone using an image from the library must include the credit information that accompanies the image.


  • Granting the right to use an image from the NSF Image Library does not explicitly or implicitly convey NSF's endorsement of the site or document in which the image is used or the entity using it.


  • Most of the images in the library have been donated by external sources for inclusion in the library. The owners have donated their images with the understanding that whoever uses the image will adhere to all restrictions placed upon the image regarding its use and will include the proper credit information when using the image. NSF does not "police" usage of the library and therefore must assume that users are following the guidelines stated here.


Once you have finished reviewing these Conditions, refer to How to Use the NSF Image Library for instructions on how to download images from the NSF Image Library.

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