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Exhibition Planning

Step-by-step guide for planning and managing an exhibition display in a museum, archives and/or library setting.

Fair Dealing for the Web

It is critical to make sure you have permission to use the images, documents, and objects in your exhibit.  Even when you are using them for educational purposes, publishing images to the web for which you do not have permission does not constitute "fair dealing."

  • Because of this, we recommend that rather searching for materials and then seeking permission to use them, that you search in places where you are likely to find items available for resuse. 
  • Regardless of where you find items that you want to include in your exhibit, make sure they are available for use before including them in your online presentation.

Strategy: Search Public Domain and Creative Commons Materials

For an overview of databases for "public domain" images please see the University of British Columbia's list of Image Sources.  Below are a selection of collections and gateways to items and resources either in the "public domain" or are available for use:

How to Get Permission

If using  in copyrighted material and which does not fall under "fair dealing" then please consult UVic Libraries Copyright Office.

Creative Commons License
This work by The University of Victoria Libraries is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License unless otherwise indicated when material has been used from other sources.