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Library Resource for Digital Images


Located in the SVA Library at 380 Second Avenue on the 2nd floor, SVA's VRC is the central resource for images and imaging technologies used by instructors and students at SVA for teaching and studying purposes. Below you will find more information about our services as well as helpful links on how and where to access a broad range of online digital image collections of artworks for educational purposes and/or personal enjoyment.


VRC Photos

Screenshot of SVA Image Library database website, with the grey menu bar at top, logo in the top left corner, and a series of thumbnails of artworks below with their corresponding titles.
A panoramic view of the slide collection, stored in metal archival drawers stacked to the left and right of the image with labels on each drawer.
Image of fifteen 35mm slides of artworks, in three rows of five, illuminated and displayed in a light box.



The VRC is staffed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am - 5pm.  I can be contacted remotely by email ( on Wednesdays.


The collection includes over 73,000 local digital records through our in-house image database, SVA Image Library, which is now accessed as an Institutional Collection in ARTstor and JSTOR images.  We continue to house a limited access collection of 130,00 35mm slides. We do not provide equipment for viewing slides, but you may contact me for ideas on how to present slides without projection equipment. 


VRC staff offers a variety of services to the SVA community, including maintenance of our online collection of images as well as training and technical support for ARTstor and JSTOR images. We also provide information on scanning and storing images.

One-on-one instruction for the use of our image databases is available by contacting Lorraine Gerety (, 212-592-2667). 



The following are some great Use Assessment Tools pertaining to copyright, fair use guidelines and best practices:

Click here to visit Colgate University's helpful examples of how to create correct image citations in papers and presentations, using MLA, Chicago and APA writing styles. Another great option is the Research Guide for Citing Images provided by UC Libraries.


Visual Resources Curator