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Image Resources

University Library Databases

These subscription resources may be accessed on-campus or off-campus if retrieved through the Libraries website. We recommend consulting the terms of service to guide image use beyond the classroom.

LUNA is the digital image collection for the Image Collection Library available via the web. Through LUNA, registered UMass users may access the ICL collection as well as many other images posted in other collections. The system is not only a database but can serve as a presentation tool.

  • Registration is not required to download
  • Images under copyright are available for classroom use only
  • Request an account to use presentation and image group features

Access to the database is restricted to the UMass Amherst campus community.

To obtain a password or more information, please contact Annie Sollinger (545-4978 or annies@library.umass.edu) or Brian Shelburne (545-4061 or bps@library.umass.edu)

The ARTstor Digital Library is a collection of over 1.8 million images from a variety of sources. The images in ARTstor are contributed by image collections or museums, so they typically are of good quality. There are some size limits on some exported images.

  • Registration is required to download
  • Images under copyright are available for classroom use only
  • Select images marked as Images for Academic Publishing may be used for publication

Credo - Credo is the digital repository of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). SCUA has digitized over 13,000 photographs and other works of art from its collections documenting the history of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community, and thousands more depicting individuals, organizations, and localities within its broader collecting scope.

Open Access Collections

Many museums and other institutions are now providing free access to high-quality images of artworks and other objects that are in the public domain and have no copyright restrictions. To find these sources, we recommend starting with this aggregated list:

OpenGLAM Open CollectionsOpenGLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) is an initiative coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation that supports cultural institutions in the move towards open access.

Non-Commercial Internet Resources:

Images are increasingly easy to find on the open web. Keep fair use and copyright in mind when navigating any source. Contact us or the Scholarly Communication office if you need help navigating copyright.

Art History Resources on the Web -  Assembled by Prof. Chris Witcombe at Sweetbriar College, this site is among the most complete sources for finding images on the web. The site provides many links to other sites. These links are arranged in a variety of ways.

  • Good points: The thoroughness of the site is impressive.
  • Bad points: The site is so large you might not spot all the places to look for what you need.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery - The Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from The New York Public Library's vast collections.

  • Good points: There is an incredible selection of historic photographs, prints, manuscripts, and other documents. Easily searchable and browseable.
  • Bad points: The image files are of an average size, not too small, just big enough to use in presentations.

Wikimedia Commons - User-submitted images. Pay attention to rights statements.

  • Good points: Many images are at a good size and are good quality. Coverage for some artists is very good.
  • Bad points: As with any user-generated collection, data attached to images may be inconsistent.

Flickr - Billions of user-uploaded photos. Users set the rights on each photo, ranging from all rights reserved to less restrictive Creative Commons licenses. Searching relies on user descriptions and tags.

  • Good points: Can find really obscure things, many are at good sizes, site design allows for relevance-based discovery.
  • Bad points: Quality varies considerably.

Video Resources:

Browse the UMass Libraries Database List for video collections available to the UMass Amherst community.