ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. It is a non-profit initiative, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields.

The ARTstor Digital Library serves users both within the arts and in disciplines outside of the arts. This includes historians of art and architecture and others engaged in the visual arts, as well as individuals in fields as diverse as African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture and Architectural History, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Design and Decorative Studies, Foreign Languages and Literature, History, Literary Studies, Maps, Graphs and Charts, Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music History, Native American Studies, Photography, Religious Studies, Renaissance Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Women’s Studies.

In ARTstor you can:

  • Browse content by collection, classification, or geography
  • Search content by keyword or advanced search terms (e.g., date and geographic origin)
  • Sort search results by date, creator, or title
  • View images and image data
  • Zoom in on and pan images for greater detail
  • Print and save images and related data to other hardware (e.g. CD, memory stick, hard drive)
  • Create groups of images for later retrieval and presentation
  • Organize image groups into shared folders
  • Direct other ARTstor users to images or image groups
  • Upload personal images and sound files to the ARTstor platform
  • Export images and image groups to ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool
  • Save citations for images or image groups, and email or print these, as well as export them directly into EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks, Reference Manager, or a text file

 How to Find ARTstor through the Library:

  • From The Loop, click on the Library tab
  • In the Find Your Subject column, click on Fine Arts and then Visual Art
  • On the Visual Art subject guide, click on Find Articles
  • ARTstor is the first link listed under Visual Art Article databases

 You can also access ARTstor directly from the web.

For more information about ARTstor, please contact Anne Marie Watson at


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