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Using Artstor

Getting started with Artstor Digital Library

The Artstor Digital Library (library.artstor.org) is an image database containing 2 million images from the world's museums, archives, libraries, scholars, and artists. Use Artstor's Digital Library to find images for papers, presentations, study, and more. There's also a set of tools allowing you to instantly download image citations and PowerPoint presentations!

This guide provides broad knowledge about Artstor Digital Library's content and features in order to help you get the most out of the resource, including:

  • How to find images in Artstor
  • Using Artstor Images in Papers
  • Presenting with Artstor Images

Happy searching!

Register for an Account

You must register for an account in order to use many of Artstor’s features, such as downloading images, curating groups of images, and downloading groups of images to PowerPoint. Images in Artstor come from a wide range of sources, and many of them are under copyright. Registered accounts ensure that we meet our agreements with image contributors and protect their content.

There are two ways to register for an Artstor account:

  1. From any computer on campus, go to library.artstor.org. The database will recognize your IP address as belonging to a subscribing institution, and grant you access automatically. From the home page, click “register” in the upper right corner and enter your information. You can then use this account to log into Artstor from anywhere.
  2. Go to your library’s website and log in through your institution’s proxy. On your library’s list of databases, select Artstor. Since you are logged in through the proxy, the database will recognize your IP address as belonging to your institution and you will automatically be granted access. In the upper right corner of the homepage, click “register” and enter your information. You can now use these credentials to log in directly at library.artstor.org from anywhere.

After you have registered for an account, you will have 120 days of remote access. After 120 days you will need to log in to Artstor from a computer on campus--or through your library’s proxy--in order to reset your remote access for another 120 days.

Help

Support Site: a fully searchable support site outlining all of Artstor Digital Library's features, known issues, and technical alerts. Visit the site at support.artstor.org.

Training Videos: view helpful training videos about registering for an account, using folders, and more. www.youtube.com/artstor.

Need a human? User Services is available between 9am and 6pm EST. 

Email: userservices@artstor.org

Phone: 877.771.4908 (USA only), +1 212.500.2414

Twitter: @artstorhelp

Artstor Webinars

Learn everything you can do with the Artstor Digital Library in one of Artstor's free webinars, which are open to students as well as librarians, and faculty. All sessions are scheduled in Eastern Time (ET).

www.artstor.org/webinars