Information about the CollectionThe Fine Arts Library Image Collection, available to all Penn students, faculty and staff offers an expanding information base of over 100,000 digital images and 500,000 slides of works of art and architecture from prehistory to the modern age. Images are searchable in the Online Image Catalog. Collection content includes drawing, painting, sculpture, prints, photography, manuscripts, maps, ceramics, furniture, architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, contemporary art and more.
In addition to the primary circulating collection, the Image Collection has two donated collections of local interest. These include the personal slide collections of Edmund Bacon, former head of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and Anthony Garvan, Professor of American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, 1960-1987. Both collections may be accessed during our normal hours of operation.
The Fine Arts Library also licenses collections of digital fine arts images from various vendors. Such collections include:
- ARTstor: The ARTstor collection includes approximately 500,000 images of works of art, architecture and archaeology along with the
necessary software to view the images, create personal groups of images and create presentations.
For help with using ARTstor, please see the ARTstor Help Screen
- Oxford Art Online: offers users access to over 40,000 images on hundreds of international museum and gallery web sites.
Other online image collections made available by the Penn Library include