Collins Memorial Library

Visual Resources Collections & Services





Image Collections and Services

The University of Puget Sound’s Image Collections for Teaching have migrated from slides and an online collection in ContentDM to a non-profit international subscription service called ARTstor.

ARTstor  is a library of digital images of works of art and many other cultural materials, descriptive information about the works recorded in these images, and tools to work with the images and their documentation. ARTstor currently includes over 1.6 million digital images covering art, architecture, archaeology, the humanities, sciences and other areas, from a wide range of cultures and time periods, with strengths in European, American and Asian cultures, and increasingly in other areas as well.

Puget Sound users can access and download these images as well as the over 15000 that have been created in house and added to ARTstor. Should you not find what you want in ARTstor, you can request images from other sources scanned, for your own academic use or as additions to our in-house ARTstor contributions. Please contact  the Library's Visual Resources Specialist Wallace Weston (253.879.3672)

ARTstor  Features

Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection

Create collections (Image Groups) of images that can be saved for future review or presentation. Image Groups can be created in public or private folders. Public folders can be shared for collaboration and review by other ARTstor users.

Create presentations using online and offline presentation tools with which you can project and view your ARTstor Image Groups. You can add your own personal images to an offline presentation. Notes and comments can be private or shared with other ARTstor users and are searchable as well.

Create links to ARTstor images and Image Groups for access through course reserves and other websites. ARTstor can generate Web addresses (URLs) that will allow other ARTstor users to jump directly into an Image Group you’ve created, or an image that you want to highlight.


What you need to get started

Access to ARTstor is available at

Before you begin using ARTstor make sure your computer has the following System Requirements.

Register with ARTstor. Users of ARTstor must register, free when using your Puget Sound address, by creating a user name and password. Registration permits you to download and add personal notes to images and save groups of images for future reference. For registration go to the welcoming page and click on the register tab in the upper right.

Instructor Privileges. Faculty and instructors are eligible for a higher level of access that will allow for the creation of Image Groups that can be shared with students or colleagues. Please contact the Library’s Arts Liaison Lori Ricigliano for a password.

What you can do after starting

For Detailed Help see ARTstor Help Topics. You can also contact ARTstor directly by using the FAQ link.

Permitted uses

ARTstor is for educational and scholarly uses only. Please check the Permitted Uses page.