What is the Artstor Digital Library?

The Artstor Digital Library is an image database featuring an unparalleled range of images from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository. It is the most comprehensive image resource available for educational and scholarly use, with many rare and important collections available nowhere else. 

The library is constantly growing with new collections added monthly, continually expanding our areas of reference and study. All images are accompanied by comprehensive metadata and are rights-cleared for educational use.  


What departments will benefit from the Artstor Digital Library?

Art from leading museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Foundation, MoMA, Berlin State Museums, the National Gallery in London, and the Louvre

Fashion from Condé Nast and costumes from the Brooklyn Museum Collection

Cartoons from The New Yorker and fashion plates from La Gazette du Bon Ton

The more than two million images from 280 collections support teaching and research in nearly every topic imaginable, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Fashion & Costume, Literature, Religion, Theater, World History, and much more. Scores of images in a far-reaching variety of subjects include:

Interactive 360-degree QTVR panoramas of world architecture and monuments from Columbia University

Botanical and zoological illustrations from Cook's Voyages to the South Seas collection

Seminal performance art videos from the Franklin Furnace Archives

Images of Ghiberti's newly restored Renaissance masterpiece “the Gates of Paradise”

Social documentary photography from Magnum Photos and Panos Pictures

Manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library

Why is the Artstor Digital Library the best resource for academic libraries and museums?

  • Rare and important collections available nowhere else
  • Authoritative image metadata from collections providers, normalized by Artstor's expert staff
  • Zoomable images to view fine detail and the ability to compare two images at once
  • Instant PowerPoint presentations pre-filled with full caption information
  • More than 100,000 new images added each year
  • All content rights-cleared for educational use
  • Teaching resources, including Curriculum Guides, surveys, and case studies for use in interdisciplinary teaching, ready for download
  • Discoverable through the Primo Central Index, EBSCO Discovery Service™, Paratext's 19th Century Masterfile, and Serials Solutions®' Summon™ service
  • Integrates with your institution's LMS



What kind of search is available?

What other tools are available with the Artstor Digital Library?

Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, 1830, Musée du Louvre. Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com
  • Keyword Search: Simply enter your keyword(s) in the search box and click Go.
  • Advanced Search: Refine your search by date or date range, geography, classification, and/or collection.
  • Faceted Search: Filter your results by one of 16 Artstor classifications, geographical area or country, and date range.
  • Browse: Navigate through Artstor's categories such as geography or media to discover images of interest.
  • View: Enlarge, pan, and rotate.
  • Organize: Create image groups and share them with others at your institution, write group descriptions, build presentations, generate citations, and more.
  • Print: You can print images, details, descriptive data, and citations.
  • Download: Download images and image details individually, in zipped groups of up to 150 at a time, or as PowerPoint presentations.
  • Share: Share images or groups of images with others at your institution, create folders and image groups that can be accessed and/or edited by students who are granted permission, and more.
  • Mobile: Search, browse, and view image groups on iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android-powered devices. Also, study with our Flashcard feature.