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

Hours and Locations

Please contact us in advance for access to the Special Collections on site, including:

University Archives
Slide Collections (OCAD Instructional Slides or AGO Slides)
VAO Artist Files

The OCAD U Image database of instructional images is available to faculty, staff, and students for teaching and learning purposes through ARTstor.

Register with ARTstor using your OCAD U email address to create an account and download images. For helpful links on getting started, visit the Image Services page.

ARTstor help

ARTstor's quick-start guide (PDF)

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

Optimal web browser setup details and system requirements for using ARTstor
ARTstor Web Browser Settings

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.

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