Image Use Policy

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's (SBBG) Digital Image Library at is not designed for commercial use or publication. A variety of organizations and individuals have contributed photographs to the Image Library and these contributors maintain copyright and dictate use of their images.

The images contained within the Image Library are made available on our website under the conditions outlined in this policy. By accessing or downloading images contained in the Image Gallery, the user acknowledges they have read this policy and agrees to abide by the conditions of the image use policy. Questions about this policy should be directed to the SBBG Collections Manager.

SBBGPhotos Images
Digital images available on the website are maintained as part of the SBBG Blaksley Library archive. Over 20,000 slides and 4,000 print photographs have been digitized for inclusion in this database collection. In addition, over 11,000 born digital images are included. The purpose of this online gallery is to make this collection more accessible. Images are available for the uses defined below.

Educational Use
Educational institutions may download, reproduce and use SBBG images and associated captions in the preparation of course or instructional materials by teachers or students for non-profit educational activities. Express permission for such use is not required.

Scientific Use
SBBG images are released in response to public interest in native plants. Please use caution if using these images for scientific research. Many images have not yet been validated, and may contain errors which would compromise their use for scientific purposes. The text captions of SBBG images are not peer reviewed scientific literature, and should not be treated as such. Image caption text is not to be used without permission from SBBG, requested in writing.

Personal Use
Individuals may download, reproduce and use SBBG images and associated captions posted on the World Wide Web for personal, noncommercial purposes. Express permission for such use is not required.

News Media
News media may download, reproduce and use SBBG images and associated captions in news reporting or documentaries on SBBG projects and programs. Express permission for such use is not required. Please visit for SBBG Press Kit materials (including hi-resolution images).

Commercial Use
Permission to download, reproduce, use and distribute SBBG images for commercial purposes, other than news reporting as described above, must be requested from SBBG by contacting the SBBG Collections Manager.

Image Credit
All images should bear the following credit: "Photographer Name, Courtesy of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden". Please acknowledge copyright when noted with (copyright symbol).

Special Note to Websites
You may not collect images or text from the Image Library in order to make images or text available on your own website. It is not in our interest or that of our contributors to have uncontrolled subsets of these holdings available elsewhere on the Internet.

Request Images
High resolution copies of images contained within the Image Library are available upon request. Please contact the SBBG Collections Manager to request high resolution images. Depending upon use, licensing or other fees may apply.

Take Down Policy
SBBG staff is making best efforts to identify photographers and copyright for images included on If you have questions or concerns regarding photo credit, image identification, or image content, please contact the SBBG Collections Manager. SBBG will make every effort to satisfy your concerns or take down an offensive image.

Contact Information
SBBG Collections Manager
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805.682.4726 x107