Artstor on JSTOR offers access to over 2 million images from more than 300 leading collections worldwide, all copyright-cleared for educational use

  • Artstor Digital Library
  • Artstor Digital Library

Discover the ultimate image library for interdisciplinary teaching and learning

With over 2 million royalty-free images, the Artstor library offers a wealth of visual learning material. Artstor enables students to explore the connections between different subjects, making it an ideal tool for interdisciplinary teaching.

The Artstor library is now hosted on the JSTOR platform.

Diverse image content for visual literacy

Artstor’s advanced search functionality enables users to search by creator, topic, and time period. This makes it easy for students and teachers to find diverse images, build context, and make comparisons within the database. This diverse image content can support visual literacy, an essential skill for today’s learners.

High-quality metadata for effective learning

The images in Artstor are accompanied by authoritative descriptive metadata from the collection cataloguers, curators, institutions, and artists. The metadata, alongside teaching resources, curriculum and subject guides, and useful tools, all included in the subscription, provide students and teachers with everything they need for effective learning.

Access rights-cleared images

All images in the Artstor library are free to use for educational purposes. They are rights-cleared for use in classroom instruction, handouts, presentations, student assignments, and other educational activities. This means that teachers and students can use the images without worrying about copyright infringement.

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  • Easily find relevant collections and content with Subject and Curriculum Guides.
  • 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

Access is available via IP Authentication, Shibboleth, Google and Microsoft Single Sign On (SSO), Username and Password.

Find out more about accessing Artstor on the JSTOR platform with SSO  here.

Promotional materials and downloads

Artstor’s image collections are now incorporated into the JSTOR platform. Read more about Artstor on JSTOR.

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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 the images. Because of this, images students find via an online search are subject to the terms and conditions of their individual websites or owners. Often, these images are not copyright cleared. So students should not be copying and pasting them into their work.

Is it possible to download images from Artstor on JSTOR?

Yes. Download an image by clicking the “Save” icon in the image viewer.

However, image size is restricted to maintain the resource’s use solely for non-commercial, scholarly purposes. Each collection’s provider determines the download size for the images within that specific collection.

Can I reproduce Artstor on JSTOR images in publications?

Users may not use images downloaded from the Digital Library in publications, except for student papers and essays. Additionally, Artstor images cannot be utilized for any commercial purposes. This includes their incorporation into publications distributed by presses, whether commercial or non-profit.

What is the quality of images in the Artstor on JSTOR?

A variety of sources contribute to the images found in the Digital Library. Images may be scanned photographic prints or direct digital photography of objects in museums and in the field. They could also have colour transparencies of varying resolution. Professional vendors have digitized the analogue materials to generate images that maintain the highest possible quality allowed 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.

What is the resolution of images in the Artstor on JSTOR?

The Digital Library presents images 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.