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June 1, 2016

Help is just a click away


You have questions and Artstor’s Support site has answers! Want to know how to log in from home? Or how to access the Digital Library on your smartphone? Start with our Quick Start Guide. Prefer to watch your instructions? We have you covered. We also have advice on approved image uses, troubleshooting, and much more.

There’s no need to bookmark the site; you can always find the Help link in the top navigation bar of both and the Artstor Digital Library.

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May 23, 2016

Pack your bags and take Artstor along


Heading off for summer break? Did you know you can still access all the features and tools of the Digital Library remotely with a registered user account – it’s Artstor on the go! Create your user account and access our more than 2 millions images and your own image folders and groups. You can even do this from your mobile device. Just remember, you will need to log in through your institution once every 120 days. Can you make it around the world in that time?

Our User Services team is available all summer long if you need help with any of these tools.

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March 15, 2016

Did you know you can download and print image details?

square_logo (2)You may already know that you can zoom in to see detailed views of the images in the Artstor Digital Library, but did you know that you can also save, download, and print the details themselves? You can include these image details in image groups and presentations. It’s easy!

To create an image detail:

  • Log in to your registered Artstor account
  • Double-click on an image thumbnail to open it in the image viewer
  • In zoom modeclick on the image to create your desired thumbnail.

Now you can:

  1. Print the image detail by clicking 
  2. Download the image detail as a JPG file by clicking 
  3. Save the image detail to an image group by clicking . Once you’ve added it to an image group, it can be exported to PowerPoint, OIV, or in an image group zip download.

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March 2, 2016

New features for the Artstor Digital Library

Raphael, Triumph of Galatea, 1512 (detail)

Raphael, Triumph of Galatea, 1512 (detail). Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; ©2006 SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

We are happy to announce that we have released an update to the Artstor Digital Library with these new features:

  • Embedded Metadata  Individual downloaded images now include embedded metadata instead of a separate HTML file. The embedded metadata schema is IPTC and VRAXMP-formatted. You can learn more about these schemas from the IPTC and VRAXMP websites.
  • Audio Files Audio files in the Digital Library no longer require QuickTime for playback. Users can now select any plugin to play audio files in their browsers.

If you experience any difficulties, clear your cache and restart your browser. If this does not resolve the issue, please contact User Services at

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August 25, 2015

Teaching with Artstor: case studies

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Keri Cronin’s “Picturing Animals” case study

Looking for ideas on how to integrate images in your teaching? Curious about how your colleagues are using Artstor? Check out Artstor’s case studies! Composed of the Artstor Travel Awards-winning essays and image groups, the case studies describe the creative ways subscribers in all disciplines are using the Artstor Digital Library in their teaching, research, and scholarship.

browseWe’ve recently made the case studies more accessible. Simply click on the Teaching Resources link under the Browse section in the Digital Library homepage and you’ll find them organized by topic. (If you’re visiting Artstor on your phone or tablet, you’ll find the case studies under Global Folders.)

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July 28, 2015

Did you know you can make notes on an entire image group?

adl_image-group-notesDid you know that once you’ve created an image group you can annotate it for future reference? Registered users can add an image group description to any groups they create, and they can control who can view their annotations. Instructors can make hidden notes for their own reference or create visible notes to add context or instructions for students. For students, an image group description can be a way to takes notes while studying images.

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July 22, 2015

A new, easy way to browse through Artstor’s Teaching Resources

Good news: You can now access all of Artstor’s Teaching Resources through the Artstor Digital Library’s Browse menu!


All three of our AP® Teaching Resources–for Advanced Placement courses in Art History, European History, United States History–as well as our Curriculum Guides, Case Studies (from our Travel Award winners), and our popular surveys of selected images for Art, Architecture, and other Humanities and Social Sciences topics are all easy to browse under Teaching Resources on the Artstor Digital Library home page.

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July 21, 2015

Shared Shelf Tips: The best way to report problems

SSTuesdayTipErrors, problems, bugs, glitches! We hate them too, which is why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you efficiently report any issues you encounter with Shared Shelf for a faster resolution.

In brief:

1) Before you report an issue to, check for a possible solution. If something isn’t documented and you think it should be, let us know!

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June 30, 2015

Did you know Artstor features more than just images?

Stanford White, Bronx Community College (formerly New York University), Gould Memorial Library; Interior view #1 of rotunda, 1896. Data from: The Trustees of Columbia University, Visual Media Center, Department of Art History and Archaeology,

Stanford White, Bronx Community College (formerly New York University), Gould Memorial Library; Interior view #1 of rotunda, 1896. Data from: The Trustees of Columbia University, Visual Media Center, Department of Art History and Archaeology,

In addition to still images, you can find videos, audio files, 3D images, and panorama (QTVR) files within the Artstor Workspace. You can search by media type using the file extensions as keywords:

  • Videos – search for mov. Clicking movieicon will open your default video player.
  • Audio – search for mp3. Clicking sound will open your default audio player.
  • Panoramas (QTVR) – search for qtvr. Clicking i-qtvr2 will open a QuickTime Player window where you can view the environment by panning 360°.
  • 3D images – search for 3D. Clicking i-3d will open the 3D image in rotation in the image viewer. To stop or restart the rotation, click the rotatation icon.

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