Visual resources centre

Table and chairs in the middle of a room lined with shelves filled with books.

Visual Resources Centre in East Campus Hall.

Image Library and Reading Room

The Image Library and Reading Room is located in ECH 1216 and is open daily, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, closing one hour for lunch.

The image collection developed to support teaching and research within the Department and consists of approximately 60,000 slides, 30,000 digital images and 2000 DVDs. The Fine Arts digital image collection can be accessed online with a user account and password (for access off-campus you must first connect to the University's VPN).

The Reading Room includes a study area and a collection of over 2000 books. The collection began through donations by retired faculty and friends of the department and recent purchases have helped round out the collection. These are available for browsing or research and can be signed out by Fine Arts students.  View the book catalogue as of January 2022 (PDF).

Contact the Visual Resources Curator if you have any questions.

Photographing artwork

Cameras, tripods and lighting kits are available for students who wish to photograph their artwork.  Speak to the Visual Resources Curator for assistance and to book the equipment.  For advise on documenting artwork students can review the instructions for documenting artwork (PDF) and also view the videos from Otis College on how to digitally photograph two-dimensional artwork and three-dimensional artwork

Other research resources

Dana Porter Arts Library

The Dana Porter Library maintains an excellent collection of books on Fine Arts. The majority of these are located on the 8th floor, although film and photography books are mostly housed on the 10th floor. For help in using this collection, contact the Fine Arts Liaison Librarian, Stephanie Mutch, at extension 40344.

Also check out the Subject Guides for Fine Arts, Film Studies and Visual Culture and Provenance research.

Art History resources

Sources for digital images