Photos and images

Students near Derwent College and Heslington Hall (credit: John Houlihan)

Online image library

The Strategic Communications and Digital Marketing team maintains an image library containing a wide range of photographs suitable for inclusion in marketing material. Examples of where these images could be used include:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Printed material eg brochures, posters
  • Departmental web pages

All staff can access the full library; just log in using your University of York IT username and password. Non-staff (including non-University users) can access a small sub-set of images available to anyone.

We have put together a handy user guide for reference and advise new users to read this prior to accessing the library.

Access the image library

For image library queries please email We also welcome feedback via the online feedback form.


Throughout the year, the Editorial and Creative team commission a number of photoshoots to update content available in the image library. Subjects for photoshoots range from students in tutorials to scientists in research laboratories and new buildings on campus. 

If you wish to organise a photoshoot for marketing purposes, we can provide advice and recommend suitable photographers. Please contact Jilly Lovett,, ext 2157.

For University event photography or formal staff portraits please contact the University's Photographer, Paul Shields.

Additional guidance

For more guidance on photography see images, audio and video. For information on where to look when seeking stock images and other photographic content, see finding images.

Who to contact