Communication Production Services
CPS Photo Library
The CPS photo library, hosted on Flickr, provides photographs for use in MIT print projects, web communications and social media. These photos are available exclusively to the MIT community at no cost. Please comply with our guidelines for using the photos as outlined in these pages.
The rights to these photos have been purchased for exclusive MIT use in print and web projects related to MIT programs. While they may be used to promote MIT to an outside audience, they may not be used by non-MIT organizations such as commercial publishing firms, even if they appear in works by an MIT author. For such use, a separate agreement must be negotiated. Please read more about usage rights on our Usage and permissions page.
Download CPS photos
To protect the usage of these photos, downloading has been disabled until you create a Flickr account and CPS confirms your MIT affiliation. Please visit our page on setting up your department’s Flickr account for guidelines.
- Create a Flickr account for your department, lab or center. Please review our guidelines before doing so.
- After logging in to your Flickr account, navigate to the main page of our photo library and click on Add cpsphotolibrary as a contact (see image to the right). We'll receive an automated message from you that you have added us as a contact. We will then add you as a contact to our account.
- Once both Flickr accounts have been set up as mutual contacts, you can send us a request to be made a friend of our account. You can make this request from within Flickr by clicking on the small envelope icon at the upper right of your Flickr page (see image).
- In your request, please let us know your full name and department name so we can confirm your MIT affiliation. We can then designate you as a friend, which will enable you to download the highest resolution versions of all our photos.
Sets and tags
The CPS Photo Library contains over 1,000 photographs divided into sets, each grouped by general image type. Flickr allows you to search on tags, or any word or phrase associated with any photo. From your own Flickr account, you can add tags or comments to our photos and create your own galleries featuring photos from any Flickr account.
Once you have created your department's Flickr account, you may find images on other Flickr accounts that are of interest to you. These may be images owned by other MIT users or outside MIT. You can add links to these images by creating your own galleries that become a set of your own favorite images owned by other users. Note that you need to request permission from those users to use or download any of their images.