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New Art Imagery Database: ARTstor

The Library is now making ARTstor’s entire image content as well as all software tools available to our patrons.

What is it?

ARTstor is a growing repository of 750,000 digital images accompanied by presentation tools for classroom teaching and management tools for creating personalized image collections. The image collections in ARTstor document artistic and visual culture traditions across many time periods and cultures and will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines.

How can I use it?

Anyone at UIC can search and browse the images. You can register to create personal image groups and download the image presentation software. If you will use ARTstor for instruction and need the ability to create folders and image groups that can be shared, contact Jane Darcovich or Ask A Librarian.

ARTstor images can be used for lectures, classroom handouts and reserves, student presentations, etc. The content in ARTstor may not be used for any commercial purpose. The only exception to this are the images provided through the Images for Academic Publishing initiative. Additionally, users may not distribute ARTstor content through unrestricted websites. For more information, please see ARTstor's guide to permitted and prohibited uses.

Where can I get help?

Guides and Handouts

ARTstor FAQs

You may also contact Jane Darcovich or Ask A Librarian for assistance. If you'd like to offer feedback, contact Joan Fiscella.


ARTstor is a non-profit initiative, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching and learning in the arts and associated disciplines. The roots of ARTstor, as well as its name, can be traced to JSTOR, another Mellon-founded non-profit initiative. What JSTOR is to electronic journal access, ARTstor is trying to be for digital images - aggregating collections, making them accessible, and preserving a reliable and comprehensive archive of images for educational purposes. It is a Web-based image resource which libraries may acquire via a one-time institutional purchase fee plus annual licensing fees. The UIC Library is sponsoring a trial of the full version of ARTstor this Fall. At this time, Purchasing and Legal Counsel are reviewing our permanent license., field_56ba6f8fdb00c

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