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Image Resources in the MCAD Library

Digital Image Databases

Database of digital images of art, architecture, and design, including MCAD's digital teaching collection. Images can be searched and viewed online or exported for use in presentations.

Digital Images of Artwork in the Public Domain

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Open Access Artworks

The National Gallery of Art: Open Access Images

The Getty Center: Open Content


Image Resources in the MCAD Library

Clip Art Books
Located in the Visual Reference area. Copyright free! Overnight checkout.

Stock Photography Books
Wide range of high quality images. Located in the Visual Reference area. Overnight checkout.

Picture File
Images for a very wide range of topics. Images are arranged alphabetically by subject. See index binder for a list of subjects. Located in the filing cabinets near the DVD collection. 1 week checkout.

General Collection Books
Use the online catalog to search for books on artists, movements, time periods, subjects, etc. Use the call number to find specific books and/or to browse books about similar topics. 4 week checkout.

Art and design journals, as well as general interest magazines. Current issues are located along the south wall; older bound issues are in Stack Room 1. In-library use only.

Reference Books
Our reference books are frequently an excellent source of images. Browsing is encouraged! Located near the front of the main reading room. Some good sources to try:

  • Visual Dictionaries (try Ref AG 250.C66 2002)
  • Old Sears Catalogs (Ref TS 199.S432)
  • Oxford Companion to the Body (QM 7.O96 2001)
  • Overnight checkout

Research Assistance
Allan Kohl, the Visual Resources Librarian, is available to assist your research for images. He's more than happy to help you even if you're not looking for images of a works of art. Open to students.