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Design Library: Overview of Image Resources and Related Services
NCSU Libraries offer a number of online image collections with an emphasis on design and art-related disciples. The images in these collections are available to faculty, staff and students. For a list of additional online image collections and databases, see the Image Resources page.
Design Library Image Collection
The Design Library Image Collection is an evolving collection of images made accessible through Luna, a web-based digital library. The collection contains more than 65,000 digital images covering art, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and graphic design. The collection is based on the Design Library’s 80,000 35mm slides, which can be searched via Luna. The staff at the Design Library will digitize slides from the collection and put them in Luna upon request.
With Luna, patrons are able to take advantage of the following features:
For detailed instructions, see A Guide to the Design Library Image Collection in Luna Insight 6.3.
ARTstor is a digital library of over one million images in the areas of art, graphic design, the humanities and the build environment. It provides tools to browse, search, view, present and manage images for research and teaching purposes.
With ARTstor, patrons have the ability to do the following:
Some of these features require instructor-level privilages (open to students and staff as well). To obtain privileges (open to students and staff as well), email Barbara Brenny.
OCLC’s Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection of works of art from museums located all around the world. Its contents highlight global cultures, from prehistoric to contemporary times.
Camio’s browseable and searchable images may be used for educational and research purposes, if they are properly cited. Patrons can save images to other hardware.
Oxford Art Online/Grove Dictionary of Art
Grove Art Online offers over 5,000 searchable art images, maps and architectural drawings. This resource also provides over 40,000 selected image links to museums and galleries around the world.
Patrons can print, email and save images to other hardware. Grove Art Online provides patrons with a citation builder that can create citations in both MLA and Chicago Style. It also allows individuals to export a citation in the RIS format, which is suitable for ReferenceManager, ProCite, EndNote and RefWorks applications.
Patterns, Textures, Backgrounds, and 2D Stock Images and 3d Objects
The Design Library Collection also includes resources for other stock images, patterns textures and backgrounds, as well as 3D digital objects. See the Media Resources page for more information.
NCSU Libraries: Special Collections Research Center
NCSU Libraries Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials
The Rare and Unique Materials database is a one-stop gateway to over 65,000 images, text and digital media, representing a broad array of collections which include the following and many more.
University Archives Photograph Collection
The University Archives Photograph Collection has over 33,000 images that provide a rich visual history about North Carolina State University from its opening in 1889, to the present.
Built Heritage of North Carolina: Historic Architecture in the Old North State
The Built Heritage collection provides access to thousands of photographs and drawings of hundreds of buildings and structures in North Carolina dating from the 1700s to the early 1900s.
Beaux-Arts to Modernism
The Beaux-Arts to Modernism collection contains thousands of architectural drawings and photos of buildings throughout North Carolina.
Edward T. Funkhouser Photographs
The Edward T. Funkhouser Photographs collection consists of color photographs, taken by Funkhouser, showing the campus of North Carolina State University, 2001-2010.
Complete descriptions of all collections in Rare and Unique Materials are available on Special Collections' Digital Collections and Publications page.
North Carolina Architects and Builders: A Biographical Dictionary
North Carolina Architects and Builders database chronicles the lives and works of architects, builders, and artisans who have contributed to North Carolina’s rich architectural history.
Digital Image-Related Services at the Design Library
Scanning of Existing Slides in Design Library Image Collection
In addition to the 65,000 digital images, the Design Library Image Collection also contains about 80,000 35mm slides which may or may not be available in digital format. If you would like a slide(s) scanned or rescanned because of poor image quality, please contact the staff at the Design Library.
Image Requests/Copystand Photography
The Design Library offers copystand photography as a way to improve and develop the contents of the Image Collection. The images that faculty members request will be the property of NCSU Libraries. The library is not providing any personal image services at this time. See the Image Requests page for Image Request Forms and more information.
Contribute! is a program designed to encourage faculty to add their personal images to the Design Library Image Collection. The benefit of making your images part of the collection is permanent storage in a location where all university faculty, staff and students can access.
We welcome your digital images and slides and will add them to the collection, if an identical image does not already exist in the Design Library Image Database, and if each image is of good quality and is properly identified. We prefer to make digital derivatives of the slides and return them to the owner. See the Contribute! page for the Digital Image and Slide Submission Form and more information on the program.
Training for Design Library Image Collection and ARTstor
The Design Library website contains instructional information on the use of the Design Library Image Collection and ARTstor. If they do not provide enough information for your needs, we also offer both one-on-one and group training. Contact Barbara Brenny or Karen DeWitt to request training.