Image Resources

ARTstor Digital Image Collection

OCAD U Slide Collection (access by appointment)

AGO Slide Collection (access by appointment)

VAO Artist Files (access by appointment)

Large Format Instructional Images


ARTstor Digital Image Collection

This image resource of over one million images includes the ARTstor Digital Library of images from cultural institutions across the globe, in addition to the OCAD U Teaching & Learning Collection of images selected by faculty and librarians.

To access these images, use your OCAD U email address to create an account while on campus and then you can download images from anywhere (http://support.artstor.org/?article=register-for-an-artstor-account)

Registering wtih ARTstor

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


OCAD U Slide Collection

The well over 100,000 images in the OCAD U slide collection were selected by OCAD faculty and librarians to support teaching and learning activities. Although slide production ceased in the early 2000’s, this was a working collection until 2016. These images of art, craft, design, and architecture were sourced from books, magazines, and purchased from educational slide image vendors and cultural institutions. This collection is housed in Visual Resources & Special Collections and can be accessed by appointment.

Contact: Victoria Sigurdson (Head, Visual Resources & Special Collections), 416-977-6000 ext. 344 or vsigurdson@ocadu.ca.


AGO Slide Collection

The AGO slide collection, of just under 100,000 items, was developed by the gallery’s curators and researchers. Donated to OCAD in 2007, the collection’s strengths are in art and cultural objects from Europe and North America (including a section on Indigenous works as well). This collection is housed in Visual Resources & Special Collections and can be accessed by appointment.

Contact: Victoria Sigurdson (Head, Visual Resources & Special Collections), 416-977-6000 ext. 344 or vsigurdson@ocadu.ca.

Please visit Image & Video Services for more information if you require videos for instruction.

Video Resources

Streaming Video

DVD and VHS Collection

The library has a collection of over 3000 DVD and VHS titles comprised of documentaries, artist videos, historical film & cinema, animation, experimental films, and feature films. These items are stored at the Circulation/Checkout desk and can be requested by DVD or VC numbers. For titles that do not circulate, the library provides DVD and VHS machines on site, if required.

Please visit Image & Video Services for more information on videos for instruction.

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