Artstor Digital Library: Features & Benefits

The Artstor Digital Library is the most extensive image resource available for educational and scholarly use. Our collections feature visual media from leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists, offering many rare and important collections available nowhere else.

Authoritative and comprehensive

The Artstor Digital Library provides access to 2.5+ million images of the world’s cultural heritage, all rights-cleared for use in education. And unlike results from Google or other image search engines, all our content comes with reliable metadata from the collection catalogers, curators, institutions, and artists themselves.

Our far-reaching content encompasses anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, fashion & costume, literature, religion, theater, world history, and much more in a single, easy-to-use resource. Our 280+ collections include:

  • Modern and contemporary art and design from MoMA and thousands of Polaroids from Warhol’s personal collection from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Art and artifacts from the Louvre and Greek and Roman sculpture from the Berlin State Museums
  • Plans and blueprints of modern architecture from Columbia University and contemporary architectural photography from Art on File
  • Documentary journalism from Magnum Photos and historical photography from George Eastman House
  • Fashion photographs from Condé Nast and costume history from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library and botanical and zoological illustrations from Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas

Designed for teaching and learning

The new Artstor interface provides users with a richer viewing experience, as well as more streamlined workflows for teaching and learning. Study and analyze with our new IIIF image viewer—with full-screen and side-by-side comparison modes, simplified image group sharing, and increased accessibility for users with disabilities. And it’s mobile friendly!

Features include:

  • Zoom and compare up to ten images at a time
  • Create image groups and share them with others at your institution, write group descriptions, build presentations, generate citations, and more
  • Download or print images, details, descriptive data, and citations. Images can be downloaded in zipped groups of up to 150 at a time, or as captioned PowerPoint presentations

Tailored for the classroom

Artstor provides convenient resources to help you find the right content for your course, including guides and image groups curated by faculty members and subject-matter experts, as well as case studies that illustrate the ways your colleagues in all disciplines are using the Artstor Digital Library in their teaching, research, and scholarship. Resources include:

  • Expert-created teaching materials such as curriculum guides, surveys, and case studies designed for use in interdisciplinary teaching and ready for download
  • AP® Teaching Resources that support the revised curriculum framework for the Advanced Placement® Art History, European History, and US History courses with image groups, accompanying essays, and links to further resources
  • Content is discoverable through the Primo Central Index, EBSCO Discovery Service™, Paratext's 19th Century Masterfile, and Serials Solutions®' Summon™ service

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