Over 2.5 million images from more than 280 leading collections worldwide, all copyright-cleared for educational use

Extensive image database for educational use

Offering an unparalleled range of over 2.5 million educational and rights-cleared images from more than 280 leading collections worldwide, and covering everything from the Arts to Science and from History to Religion, the Artstor Digital Library provides excellent support for teaching and learning across the curriculum.

Images are accompanied by authoritative descriptive data and are supported with teaching resources, curriculum and subject guides, and useful tools.

A 25% discount to Artstor Digital Library is available to subscribers of the JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection plus current JSTOR subscribers are not required to pay Artstor’s one-off Archive Capital Fee.


  • Subject and Curriculum Guides are available to highlight relevant collections and content
  • Automatically generate PowerPoint presentations
  • Easily download citations
  • Zoom in to see fine image detail, and compare images side by side
  • Create, annotate, and share image groups for study or homework assignments
  • Study on mobile devices with flashcard feature
  • Print images to display in the classroom or library

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single Sign-on

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available when you log into your admin account by clicking on http://stats.artstor.org

Promotional materials and downloads

There is a host of colour posters, bookmarks, email templates and guides to send and print on the Artstor website.

VIDEO: Searching Artstor Digital Library.

Visit the Artstor YouTube channel for how-to videos and more.


Why can’t my students just use Google Images?

Search engines are not websites as such, meaning that they do not own the rights to, or even host the images. This means the images students find via an online search are subject to the terms and conditions of their individual websites or owners and often they’re not copyright cleared. So students should not be copying and pasting them into their work.

Can images be downloaded from Artstor Digital Library?

Yes, images can be downloaded by clicking the “Save” icon in the image viewer.

Because these images are being removed from the Artstor environment, the size of the image is restricted in order to ensure the resource will only be used for non-commercial, scholarly purposes; consistent with the interests of content providers. Download size is determined on a collection basis by the provider of each collection.

Can I reproduce Artstor Digital Library images in publications?

Images downloaded by clicking the “Save” icon in the image viewer within the Digital Library may not be used in publications, except for student papers and essays. Artstor images may not be used for any commercial purpose, such as being incorporated into a publication distributed by a press, regardless of whether that press is commercial or non-profit.

What is the quality and resolution of images in the Artstor Digital Library?

The images in the Digital Library are derived from a range of sources. Collections may be built from colour transparencies of varying resolution, scanned photographic prints, or direct digital photography of objects in museums and in the field. Professional vendors are utilised to digitize the analogue materials at as a high resolution as permitted by the original source materials. One of Artstor’s goals is to learn more about what approaches to building collections are appropriate for different uses in different institutional settings.

Images are presented within the Digital Library at 72 DPI, which is the average monitor resolution. The sizes of Artstor images range from 1500 pixels to 10,000 pixels on a side. To put this into perspective, the most common display resolution for computer monitors is 1024 x 768 pixels, making typical Artstor image files two or more times larger than the monitor display.