Visual Resources Image Services
The library provides digitization and acquisition services for instructional images.
We source or license images (directly from artists or vendors) upon faculty request for instructional purposes. Contact: Scott Hillis Ext. 273; email@example.com
We digitize images for faculty use when permitted under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. Contact: Scott Hillis Ext. 273; firstname.lastname@example.org
We digitize images from faculty image collections (as long they are the creators and original copyright owners for requested images). We ask that these images be made available to the OCAD University community through the OCAD U Image Library to support university research and instruction in exchange for this service (images will be made available through ARTstor). Contact: Victoria Sigurdson, Ext. 344; email@example.com
As of September 2014, all image requests are served via http://artstor.org (and are available only to registered OCAD U students, staff and faculty). Please note that we no longer provide physical copes of image requests on CD/DVD.
For information on creating an ARTstor account, please see
We require up to 2 weeks (for up to 50 images). Turnaround times ultimately depend on the method of procurement and overall volume of requests. For larger volume requests, we process images in batches according to class presentation dates to facilitate efficient access. We can provide specific information on turnaround time upon receipt of the request.
With the volume of image requests and available resources at this time, the imaging service is only available to current OCAD U faculty for instructional purposes only (these services do not include processing images for publication at this time).
Image Services will not process the following types of source materials:
-Low-quality images derived from hard-copy printouts
-Double-page spread images where the gutter of the book runs through the image
-Images from personal collections for which the person making the request does not own the copyright
By utilizing the these services and accessing the OCAD U Image Library (now in ARTstor), requestors agree to the following:
-For digitization requests, print resources must be available to Visual Resources staff over the processing period to support digitization and/or cataloguing activities.
-Complete identification for requested images must be provided (if this information is not readily available from the accompanying print publication or from labels on analog photographic materials). The general rule for image identification purposes is: who, what, when, where, and how for each image.
Who: Frank Lloyd Wright
What: Darwin Martin House
Where: Buffalo, New York
How: Brick and mortar
How to make a request (download request form)
If no accompanying source materials are required to process the request, send detailed information outlining your image requirements and deadlines for content to Scott Hillis Ext. 273; firstname.lastname@example.org
If source materials are to be digitized, send the completed request form to Scott Hillis Ext. 273; email@example.com and include any accompanying materials marked Attn: Scott Hillis at the Library (Floor 2, 113 McCaul St.), or at the Visual Resources Offices (Floor 8, 230 Richmond St. W.).
Visit us in person to discuss your image requirements or submit the completed paper request form along with any accompanying source materials marked Attn: Scott Hillis at the Library (Floor 2, 113 McCaul St.), or at the Visual Resources Offices (Floor 8, 230 Richmond St. W.).
-Images from the OCAD U Image Library will be used for non-commercial, teaching, and research purposes at OCAD U (this includes the password-protected Canvas online course management system).
-Images from the OCAD U Image Library will not be used for the preparation of any publication, scholarly or otherwise; or for any purpose other than teaching, review, or research.
-Images from the OCAD U Image Library will not be sold, leased, transferred, sub-licensed, or otherwise distributed, in whole or in part.
-Users of the OCAD U Image Library agree not to modify, corrupt, or alter any digital image content or add a “digital watermark” or the like.
-Users also agree to forfeit any digital images obtained from the OCAD U Image Library upon leaving their post at the University.
-Images from the OCAD U Image Library will be used in accordance with the fair dealing provisions within the Copyright Act.
Dorothy H. Hoover Library
113 McCaul St. (MCC), 2nd floor
The Learning Zone
122 St. Patrick Street, Level 1, also accessible from 113 McCaul Street
Visual Resources & Special Collections
230 Richmond Street West (RHB), 8th floor
Reference Inquiries (Questions About Research)
416-977-6000, Ext. 334
(Questions About Overdue Books, Holds, Blocks)
416-977-6000, Ext. 358