Using the Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) creates digital images for teaching and research purposes for faculty at Stanford University. Members of the Stanford community who have a valid SUNet ID may access the VRC's digital collection via the ImageBase.


Image digitization

The VRC creates digital images for teaching and research purposes for Stanford faculty via copystand photography or 35mm slide scanning with sufficient lead time. The VRC also provides course support by digitizing large numbers of images in advance for upcoming courses. Art Department courses receive first priority. If you would like to find out if we can support your course, please contact VRC staff for more information.

Requesting course study sets

Each quarter, the VRC places image study sets online for select courses. Study sets are organized by department, professor, and course number within the VRC's ImageBase. Please contact VRC staff for more information.

Using the ImageBase

Access our online ImageBase here, from the quick link on the Bowes Art & Architecture Library’s homepage, or via SearchWorks. The ImageBase, which consists of approximately 250,000 digital images including images licensed from Archivision and Scholars Resource, is accessible to all members of the Stanford community. Our collection strengths include American art, Chinese art, architecture, and photography. You must have a valid SUNet ID to login.



Please note that the Visual Resource Center's ImageBase is for educational and scholarly use only. For more information, please see Stanford's Copyright & Fair Use site and the Provost's Copyright Reminder (includes link to full PDF file). If you have questions about image use, please contact the VRC.

To search the ImageBase, use the quick search box in the top right corner.

You can download directly from the results page by clicking on the green arrows...

...or you can click on the titles to find more information about the images and then download from there.