The University of Minnesota provides free stock images, video clips, and audio clips to students, faculty, and staff as well as vendors working on University projects. Use them to improve a presentation or class project, enhance a video, add creative elements to marketing pieces and more. There is no limit to the amount of content that can be downloaded.


  • Royalty-free content for University purposes
  • Authentic selections for more diversity and real-life settings
  • Free access for vendors working on University projects
  • Continuously growing content libraries 

Getting Started

VideoBlocks: 100,000+ clips of stock video, Adobe After Effects templates, motion backgrounds and more.
AudioBlocks: Royalty-free production music, sound effects, and loops.
GraphicStock: Royalty-free photos, vectors, illustrations & other design elements.

On-Campus Use

Users must be logged into the University of Minnesota network to access the stock content sites.

Off-Campus Use

If access is needed while off-campus, a full tunnel VPN client is needed to access the University of Minnesota network first. Once you access the network through the VPN, you will be able to login to the stock content sites with your username and password as if you were on campus.

Vendor Use

Vendors working on University business that require access to the stock content sites will need a sponsored account. A departmental representative should request a sponsored accountOnce the account is set-up, the vendor will also need a VPN client to access the University network and then can login to the sites using their sponsored account information.

Other Considerations

Stock content can only be used for projects related to the University of Minnesota. Files should only be saved to individual computers and not in a shared central location.

Additional Resources