Visual Resources & Special Collections

Visual Resources & Special Collections at OCAD University is comprised of analog and digital image, video, media and archival materials. We actively maintain, develop, and facilitate access to these materials for teaching and research activities. 


Instructional image acquisitions 

Instructional video acquisitions 

University Archives

The Visual Resources offices are located on the 8th floor at 230 Richmond St. W., and holdings include OCAD University's slide collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario's slide collection, analog film and video, and a digital image collection of over 100,000 projection-quality digital images. 

Please note: The OCAD U Image database content of instructional images is now available to faculty and students for research and instructional purposes through Artstor. Images of past OCAD U events and exhibitions for which the university has secured permissions for use will become available through Artstor in 2016.

Register with Artstor using your OCAD U email address to create an account and download images. 

Artstor registration

Searching Artstor

ARTstor help

ARTstor's quick-start guide

Videos on ARTstor's features and access to online training sessions

Optimal web browser setup details and system requirements for using ARTstor

For more information about the library's Visual Resources & Special Collections

Contact: Victoria Sigurdson, Head of Visual Resources & Special Collections at or 416-977-6000 x344.