Olin Library

Visual Resources for Teaching & Academic Use

Faculty use images for online instruction and classroom teaching. Students use images for study and research, term papers, multimedia, and poster presentations. Need help finding digital images for your next presentation at Rollins? Ask the Visual Resources Curator & Digital Collections Manager!
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All Things Visual

Check out our Student Art Gallery and Archive for images of art work by graduating Rollins Art majors!

More Things Visual

Check out our Art & Art History LibGuide for more links to digital image resources!


Visual Resources collects, organizes, describes, and makes accessible digital images and other visual collection resources in support of the Rollins College curriculum and its community of learners. These digital image collections for teaching include digital image resources, such as Artstor and Bridgeman Education, and online archives, such as CONTENTdm.

Conveniently located within the Olin Library Archives, Visual Resources is happy to be your research partner in finding visual content for your class or project.



Finding Images

Incorporating visual content into lectures, papers, and research projects can improve information retention and observational skills, and support, clarify and illustrate scholarly arguments. Whether the content is an image of an artwork, plan, map, or chart, our search strategies for finding visual content include image databases specially designed for educational use, such as:

  • ARTstor. Contains 2.5 million+ digital images that extend far beyond the field of art, encompassing disciplines such as African Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Dance, Fashion, Geography, Languages, Literature, Medicine, Religion, Science, Theater, World History, and much more.
  • Bridgeman Education Images. Contains 1 million+ digital images covering art, history, and culture from global museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists. The images are copyright-cleared for educational use, and cover a wide range of subjects.
  • CONTENTdmThe Department of Art and Art History's Digital Image Collections - 7,000+ images of Western and non-Western cultures across multiple time periods, with an emphasis on visual arts, architecture, design, and related fields - are stored in a digital asset management system called CONTENTdm.

Creating Images

We use licensed databases, vendors, copy stand photography, and scanning techniques for acquiring and creating high-quality images for educational papers, posters, and presentations.

Cataloging Images

Our digital images are cataloged in CONTENTdm using standards and guidelines recommended by the Visual Resources Association, such as VRA Core 4.0 and Cultural Cataloging Objects (CCO), plus vocabularies and authorities from the Getty Research Institute and Library of Congress.


Getting Started

Before meeting with Visual Resources, Rollins College faculty, staff, or students should fill out this form to let us know what you want to do: Schedule a Visual Resources Consultation

After we receive your filled out form, we will contact you to schedule a Visual Resources orientation, and/or a project planning consultation for the following types of image projects:

  • Locating hard to find images.
  • Building new digital image collections for teaching.
  • Revamping existing digital image collections for teaching.

Visual Resources orientations, and/or image project planning consultations, may be scheduled during regular Visual Resources office hours:

  • Semesters: Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Non-semesters: Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Access Considerations

The Visual Resources collections contain copyrighted, licensed and copyright free materials available to the Rollins community for educational, non-commercial, and scholarly purposes, such as classroom projection, class assignments, research, etc. The materials are not for use in commercial purposes, such as electronic or printed publications, including public access websites, alumni and scholarly publications, exhibitions, broadcasts, etc. In making the collections available, Visual Resources does not own the copyright to the materials, and cannot grant requests for permission to reproduce or redistribute the materials in part or in full.

New digital image files requested through the Visual Resources office may become part of the Digital Image Collections in CONTENTdm, accessible to the Rollins community.


Dawn Feavyour (Visual Resources Curator & Digital Collections Manager)
Olin Library - Department of Archives & Special Collections
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2744
Winter Park, FL 32789

Visual Resources Office Hours

Visual Resources is conveniently located on the 1st floor of the Olin Library. We will be happy to schedule an orientation, and/or an image project consultation, in our office or in your office, during our regular office hours:

  • Semesters. Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Non-Semesters. Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Visual Resources is CLOSED on college holidays.

There may be times when Visual Resources is closed during posted hours so call 407.646.2413 ahead of your visit!