Your semester has gotten off to a great start! Yet, you realize you need images to accompany your teaching and research  — unique, exceptional images. Preparing PowerPoints or Keynote presentations? Looking for images for your classes? Use Artstor! JHU faculty, students, and staff have access to Artstor and its more than 2 million images, plus the 162,000 local images in the JHU Visual Resources Collection.

With Artstor, you can create image groupsdownload images, download images as a PowerPoint file, download image details, and share images and image groups with your students. New images are being added to Artstor all the time, and Artstor is constantly working to add more interdisciplinary images and institutional partners with exceptional collections across fields of study, including ornithology, historical photographs, maps, event flyers, and postcards.

Furthermore, Artstor is more than a subscription only database to be used solely for teaching. As of June 2018, Public Collections on Artstor became accessible to anyone—subscribers and non-subscribers alike—at Anyone anywhere now has access to the 1.2 million images available in the Public Collections without logging in.

While the Public Collections on Artstor is new, Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) has been around since 2007. The IAP program makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge. When scholars search “images for academic publishing” in Artstor, their search will return more than 27,000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Northwestern University Library, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Walters Art Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, and other institutions.

Need help using Artstor? Contact the VRC at, and visit the Visual Resources Collection guide for more information. Download the VRC’s Artstor at JHU Quickstart Guide for the basics of using Artstor. Need images not available in Artstor? Click here to access our interactive pdf order form.

For more ways to find images, see the Images page on the library’s Art History guide and see the Finding Images guide.