Image Databases at Carleton University

Finding Images at Carleton University

Images taken from Carleton library resources are generally licensed for educational use only. Therefore, these resources are useful for course development in most cases (e.g. posting to CULearn or creating handouts), but usually cannot be used when creating a public Carleton website or blog. For images suitable for a broader range of uses, see Creative Commons Licenses and Images in the Public Domain.

MacOdrum Library's Summon searches everything in the library catalogue and almost all of the articles and other sources in the databases to which the university subscribes, including Artstor, plus research by faculty, staff, and students found in CURVE, Carleton’s institutional repository.

  • To search for images using Summon first select Summon Advanced Search, then under “show content type,” select “images” or you can select specific types of visual materials such as art, artifact, clothing, drawing, graphic arts, manuscript, map, photograph, poster, etc.

MacOdrum Library’s Subject Guides are a great place to find images listed by subject with relevant online image resources curated by subject specialists.

  • Select the “detailed subject guide” option for your chosen subject area and then select the tab that specifies “media,” or “images” where available.
  • Usage rights will vary by resource, so be sure to check terms of use for each.

ARTstor is a subscription-based digital image library that offers more than 1.9 million images from the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists.

  • To access ARTstor from off campus, you will need to sign in through the library's proxy server.
  • ARTstor Search Overview provides tips on how to effectively search their digital library.
  • ARTstor’s Using Images and Copyright gives you citation examples, information on permitted, prohibited and fair use of images.

Oxford Art Online is a portal that provides access to Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference content. It contains over 40,000 links to important art images in galleries and museums around the world and is a licensed resource that allows a maximum of 8 simultaneous users. 

  • To access Oxford Art Online from off campus, you will need to sign in through the library's proxy server.
  • Oxford Art Online offers an image search option and also allows you to browse images alphabetically by title.
  • Terms of Use: Grove Art Online and Benezit Dictionary of Artists are not image providers and cannot grant permissions or advise on issues of rights and usage. Please contact the image providers and copyright holders cited in the captions directly if you wish to use art images for anything other than personal or educational purposes.

Carleton University’s Archives and Research Collections (ARC) houses a Rare Book Collection, an Academic Archival Collection, and Carleton University’s Heritage Collection. ARC’s website offers an advanced search option that allows you to search for digitized images from these collections.

  • First select advanced search then from the search filter “media type” select “images” and from the “digital object available” filter select “yes.”
  • You can also browse ARC’s Photographic Database, which provides access to university heritage photographs including the Carleton University Library Historical Photograph Collection, and photos from the former Public Relations and Information Services, and the Department of Recreation and Athletics. Other fonds, including that of the Board of Governors, Carleton International, and the Department of University Communication also contain university heritage materials.
  • Contact ARC directly to find out about using their digital resources.
Content last updated: February 6, 2019