Images & Materials & Media


An A-Z list of Image and Materials databases

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Databases Key
mobile app mobile version or app available
Some Full Text some Full Text
images contains Images
material database contains information about Materials
licensed subscription database licensed for RISD Students, Faculty & Staff - All are available for Off Campus Use
Available on the internet Available to All. RISD Library includes these links on our website because they are authoritative sources of information of interest to library users.

Art Museum Image Gallery images licensed subscription database

Images documenting works of art from museum collections around the world.

AP Images Collection images licensed subscription database

AP Images Collection contains over 4.6 million photographs dating from 1826 to current day events. Images provided by The Associated Press.

ARTstor mobile app images licensed subscription database
1.5 million digital images covering all periods of art, architecture, and archeology including contemporary art & design. Free registration required for downloads.

Berg Fashion Library Some Full Text images material database licensed subscription database
Access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, etc. Full list of content

Bridgeman Education mobile app images licensed subscription database
Over 500,000 images representing the visual culture of global civilizations covering periods from prehistory to present.
BuildingGreen Suite Some Full Text images material database licensed subscription database
Articles from Environmental Building News, case studies, and theGreenSpec Building Products database.

Coloribus Global Advertising Archive images licensed subscription database
Over 2 million current and historic ads (1990-present) for viewing online and download.


COPA: Commercial Pattern Archive  Icon  Icon

  • An archive of commercial sewing patterns from 1854 to present. For login information please contact the Reference Desk.


Films on Demand - Art & Architecture Collection licensed subscription database
View over 1,300 films in this streaming collection.


Getty Research Institute Open Content Program images Available on the internet

10,000+ high-resolution images.

Image Quest images licensed subscription database
Access nearly two million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world.

Kanopy Streaming Video Collection licensed subscription database

Provides access to over 6,000 educational documentaries arranged by collection. Subjects include arts, business, health, media, sciences, humanities and education.

Material Connexion Some Full Text images material database licensed subscription database
Over 7,000 materials and processes covering the fields of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and textiles. Comprehensive product information, technical specifications, application information, manufacturer profiles, and material images. Register here to establish a personal login account.

Oxford Art Online - Images Some Full Text images material database licensed subscription database
Includes Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

RISD Library Picture Collection images
The Picture Collection contains over 450,000 images. Clippings, photographs, maps, mounted art prints and other items are arranged by subject and nearly all circulate. Browse or search the Picture Collection's Picture Collection Art File Index (pdf) or Picture Collection Subject Index (pdf) to locate folders by artist, medium, country, art movement, or subject.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information Center images Available on the internet

Online catalog of the collections of the Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS ) images Available on the internet
Visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images.