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Digital Image Resources at the Pratt Institute Libraries: Faculty Services

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Artstor is a subscription-based digital image library with over 1.3 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities and social sciences, with specialized tools for teaching, research and study.

Before you get started, check the Artstor System Requirements.

The Pratt Institute Libraries' Digital Image Collection may be searched seamlessly within the Artstor platform.

If you are looking for images that are not available in Artstor, or need any further assistance, please contact the Visual Resources Center at for more information.

Adding Images to Artstor

Even though Artstor has over a million images, faculty will often gaps identify in coverage or instances in which the images in Artstor are not adequate to meet their teaching needs.

Faculty with a valid Pratt ID card may request digital images for inclusion in the Pratt Institute Libraries Digital Image Collection, hosted online through Artstor. Whenever possible, the VRC will purchase images from our vendors or will locate comparable images in the Artstor Digital Library. When images are not readily available for purchase or through our Artstor subscription, the VRC will produce digital images in-house via slide scanning, flatbed scanning, or digital photography.

To place an order faculty must fill out a Digital Image Request Form for each source from which they are requesting digital images. The form may be downloaded here, but must be delivered in person to the VRC during regular operating hours.

Image orders should be requested from the best quality reproductions available and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending upon the length of the queue, orders of fewer than 100 images can typically be fulfilled in 1-2 weeks. Orders exceeding 100 images and broader collection development requests should be scheduled in consultation with the Visual Resources Curator.

Unless special arrangements are made, image orders will be delivered directly through the Artstor Digital Library, and an email will be sent when they are ready for pick up.


Curated Images Groups for Courses

The Visual Resources Center will work with departments and individual faculty members to create image groups that directly support course curriculum and share them through the Artstor interface.  This could include standard image sets for courses that are taught frequnetly or image groups that correspond to chapters in frequently used textbooks.

This is a great tool if a department would like to make available a standard set of images for everyone teaching particular courses to use, and it is an excellent way to make these standard image sets available to students enrolled in your courses.

To see an example of image groups created by the VRC to support History of Art and Design survey course, log into Artstor and follow these steps:

1) Go to the Find Menu and select Browse Image Groups

2) Open the HA 115-116 Janson's History of Art folder by clicking on the folder with the plus sign

3) Open the chapter for each image group by double-clicking on the chapter name

4) The image group can then be exported directly to PowerPoint and used in the classroom offline

More textbook-based image groups are also available in the 00-History of Art and Design Folder.

For more information about setting up customized image groups for your department or course, contact the Visual Resources Center at, or by calling 718-399-4356.