World arts libraries, art image databases, online archives

World arts libraries, famous libraries, digital libraries, literary archives, ebooks, art image databases and art archives online
A list of websites

Manuscripts  See: Manuscript Archives; Illuminated Manuscripts

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The Arcaid Architectural Picture Library, Admont, Austria

Art Librarians Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
Established to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs.

ArLiSNAP blog
Designed for the busy art librarian or librarian to be, the Art Library Students & New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) Web site provides: A blog to discuss issues that affect librarians in the arts and humanities. A place where new ideas are nurtured, supported, and developed. Current art news and art-related RSS feeds. Resources specifically geared towards your needs such as scholarships, fellowships, job postings, professional organizations, and more.

ARLIS UK & Ireland
The Art Libraries Society. Founded in 1969 ARLIS/ became an educational charity in 1995. It aims to promote all aspects of the librarianship of the visual arts, including architecture and design.

ARLIS Directory of Art, Architecture and Design Resources
The Directory lists more than 250 organisations that have books, magazines, archives and other material on art, architecture or design. The database includes names, addresses, opening hours, web site addresses and details about access.

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

Artstor
A non-profit digital image library for education and scholarship. The ARTstor Digital Library provides thousands of images related to American Studies ranging from colonial times to the present, including photography, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design, painting and sculpture.

Australian National University Institute of the Arts Library


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BAM (Portal for Libraries, Archives and Museums)
BAM is a common Internet service of libraries, archives and museums in Germany. The BAM portal presents information about published materials, archival records and museum objects. At present, BAM allows a common search of more than 30 million digital records.

Benediktinerstift Admont, Austria

Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Virtual tour, illuminated manuscripts. Includes Gallica, an online French classic texts database. Includes literature, history, politics and periodicals, internet resources. Banque d’images – picture collection.

Bodlian Library, Oxford University, Luna database of manuscripts.
A collaboration between ARTstor and the Bodleian Library to produce 25,000 images from 35mm filmstrip negatives and positive slides. Material includes medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Bridgeman Art Library
A comprehensive source for art images for publication.

British Archive for Contemporary Writing
The University of East Anglia’s British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) builds on the University’s international reputation for creative writing, the status of Norwich as a UNESCO City of Literature, and UEA’s strong links with writers of world renown through its international literary festivals and links with the British Centre for Literary Translation and the emerging National Centre for Writing in Norwich.

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Cambridge Digital Library, The University of Cambridge, U.K.
Over the course of six centuries Cambridge University Library’s collections have grown from a few dozen volumes into one of the world’s great libraries, with an extraordinary accumulation of books, maps, manuscripts and journals. While parts of the Library’s manuscript collections have already been published in print, microfilm and digital formats, they are now building a substantial online resource so that their collections can be much more accessible to students, researchers and the wider public.

Citizendium.org
The Citizendium scholarly community, a global group of collaborators, is hoping to create the most reliable and largest encyclopedia that they can. If an “approved” or “certified” version of an article is available, that version will be presented to the public by default; in that case, viewing unapproved versions will require further mouseclicks for the public, and such versions will be clearly labelled as unapproved, and users will be instructed not to rely upon them. The Citizendium will be owned and ultimately controlled by a non-profit organization.

Columbia University, Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library

Cultivate Interactive 
Articles on internet library systems and new library technologies. Funded under the European Commission’s Digital Heritage and Cultural Content (DIGICULT) programme.

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Databases, subscription databases, digital libraries, catalogues, image databases *

Artbibliographies Modern
Artbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

Artstor
A non-profit digital image library for education and scholarship. The ARTstor Digital Library provides thousands of images related to American Studies ranging from colonial times to the present, including photography, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design, painting and sculpture.

Database of visual arts, design images. Visual Arts Data Service, UK
The VADS image collection provides over 100000 art and design images from university and college art collections, museums and archives across the UK.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
is a project aimed at bringing about a large-scale public digital library. It aims to unify such disparate sources as the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, various academic collections, and any other collection that would be meaningful to include. It is by no means a plan to replace libraries, but rather to create a common resource for libraries and patrons of all types.

Discovering Collection
Thousands of overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works and multimedia elements.

DOAJ. Directory of open access journals
Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

EBSCO
A premium research database service. EBSCO serves thousands of libraries and other institutions with premium content in every subject area.

Europeana_connectEuropeana
The European digital library, museum and archive gives users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.selected from content already digitilised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
Customize the database. Found something you like? Download it, print it, use it, save it or share it,
Europeana is the trusted source of cultural heritage brought to you by the Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions, projects and partners. SEARCH EUROPEANA

 

Getty Publications Virtual Library
At The Getty Publications Virtual Library readers can freely browse and download over 250 art books from the publisher’s backlist catalogue. The Virtual Library consists of texts associated with several Getty institutions. Readers can view extensively researched exhibition catalogues from the J. Paul Getty Museum, including Paul Cézanne’s late-life watercolors, as well asFlemish illustrations of the 15th and 16th centuries. The collection also contains detailed treatises on art conservation from the Getty Conservation Institute, and scholarly works from the Getty Research Institute, both of which include a multitude of books on specialized topics.

Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum has made 65 art catalogues available online, all free of charge. The catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, and Kandinsky. There are also other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle art movements and themes.

Hathitrust Digital Library
HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.
The partners ensure the reliability and efficiency of the digital library by relying on community standards and best practices, developing policies and procedures to manage content and services at scale, and maintaining a modular, open infrastructure.

Harvard Library Digital Collections
Archives and special collections at Harvard encompass a vast array of rare and unique materials in a multitude of formats, ranging from papyrus scrolls, illuminated manuscripts, and early printed books to business records, personal and family papers, maps, artifacts, images in all formats, motion picture films and audio recordings, the history of fine arts, design, and music.

JISC Collections (UK)
A membership organisation that supports the provision of digital content for education and research in the UK.

Look-Here!
The Look Here! Project is developing a community of expertise in the creation, management, and use of digitilised library, museum, and archive collections for learning, teaching, and research in the creative arts. Part of the JISC e-Content Programme, the project seeks to develop skills and strategies to support digitilisation in its partner institutions and the wider arts education sector.

National Gallery of Art (US)
NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 43,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

Open WorldCat (OCLC)
Do a quick search of more than 1.3 billion items in 10,000 libraries worldwide with OCLC’s WorldCat.

Oxford Index
The Oxford Index is a free search and discovery tool from Oxford University Press. The Index is designed to help you begin your research journey by providing a single, convenient search portal for trusted scholarship from Oxford and their partners, and then point you to the most relevant related materials – from journal articles to scholarly monographs. One search brings together top quality content and unlocks connections in a way not previously possible.


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Taylor and Francis
Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works their content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology.

Thomson Gale
A world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Best known for its accurate and authoritative reference content as well as its intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, the company creates and maintains more than 600 databases that are published online, in print, as eBooks and in microform.

Dib-Lib Magazine
D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. D-Lib Magazine appeals to a broad technical and professional audience.
Digital libraries. A community developing the global digital library. Links to digital library sites, articles on developing digital libraries.

Digital Librarian
A library resource guide created by librarians. Selected internet resources, including arts.

Dutch University Institute for Art History (DUIA)
in Florence: the online library catalogue offers not only access to the catalogue of the DUIA, but also to the catalogues of other libraries that are, just like the DUIA, part of the IRIS-consortium: Berenson of Villa I Tatti (Harvard University) libraries of the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi, the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Over 200, 000 art historical titles. E Europeana Libraries

Europeana
The European digital library, museum and archive gives users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.selected from content already digitised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. SEARCH EUROPEANA

Europeana Libraries
The Europeana Libraries project is working to make 5 million digital objects from 19 leading European research libraries freely accessible on The European Library and Europeana websites. Spanish civil war photographs, Ottoman manuscripts, historic medical films and thousands of theses, journals and academic articles are among the digital resources that Europeana Libraries is working with. Search

The European Library.org
Designed to meet the needs of the research community worldwide, our online portal offers quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries. Users can cross-search and reuse over 11,655,504 digital items and 107,101,285 bibliographic records. To facilitate further research, links are also provided to other websites in the Europeana group.

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Gigablast Search Engine
Gigablast offers a variety of features including topic generation and the ability to index multiple document formats, enabling visitors to easily refine their search based upon related topics from search results. Gigablast indexes PDF, Microsoft Word, Power Point , Excel and Postscript documents.

Google Book Search
Search the full text of books in major university libraries around the world.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, libraries, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) The Internet Archive (Archive.org)
A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Providing free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. The Library of Congress.

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LibSite
A website dedicated solely to librarians, LibSite provides access to key information at a glance: Navigating the site has been transformed to offer vital information at librarians’ fingertips with new resources and sections introduced.  LibSite provides information about all of Taylor & Francis Group’s products and services from just one place.

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Melk Abbey, Austria. MICHAEL (Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe)
The MICHAEL portal offers access to digital resources from collections across Europe. It enables worldwide access to Europe’s cultural heritage, bringing together unique digital collections from museums, libraries and archives in one central portal. France, Italy and the United Kingdom have completed national inventories for MICHAEL.

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National Libraries of the World
A web index and address list from The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

NetLibrary
Supporting librarians with quality ebook content.

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OCLC. Online Computer Library Center
A nonprofit membership organization serving 40,102 libraries in 76 countries and territories around the world. A the leading global library cooperative, helping libraries serve people by providing economical access to knowledge through innovation and collaboration. S Semantic search engines.

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The Semantic Web, Semantic Web Search Engines

State Russian Museum Art Library

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Venice Time Machine
The Venice Time Machine Project is a pioneer international Digital Humanities scientific programme launched by the EPFL and the University Ca’Foscari of Venice in 2012. It includes major Venetian patrimonial institutions: the State Archive in Venice, The Marciana Library, The Instituto Veneto and the Cini Foundation. The Venice Time Machine project aims at building a multidimensional model of Venice and its evolution covering a period of more than 1000 years. Kilometers of archives are currently being digitized, transcribed and indexed setting the base of the largest database ever created on Venetian documents. Millions of photos are processed using machine vision algorithms and stored in a format adapted to high performance computing approaches.

Files *

Findthatfile.com
Findthatfile.com’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive file search on the Internet.  Common searches are for PDFs, Documents, Audio, Video, RAR and ZIP compressed files, Fonts, and much much more.
They search as deeply as possible to identify the most relevant data from over 300 million files. This means they open each file, identify its author, title, contents and text extracts.

Picture libraries, art history image databases and online galleries *

The Garden Picture Library
Thousands of garden pictures.

Picture Com. The International Library of Photography
Search thousands of photographs by subject. People, places, animals, nature.

Mary Evans Picture Library, England, UK (MEPL)
A unique collection, devoted to world history. ‘How we lived,  what we did, how we behaved, what we wore, famous personages’.

American Memory
Created by the Library of Congress, American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.

American Museum of Photography
Virtual museum dedicated to educating, informing, and sharing photographs. Site includes over 5,000 images from daguerreotype portraits to Ansel Adams.

Artstor
A non-proft digital image library for education and scholarship. The ARTstor Digital Library provides thousands of images related to American Studies ranging from colonial times to the present,

The Beazley Archive
The Beazley Archive, University of Oxford,  is the largest single collection of images (over 27,000)  from Greek vases, and is indexed, not only by painter, vase shape, location, etc. but by subject.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana Inventory/Catalogue of the Drawings
In cooperation with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy, Professor Robert Randolf Coleman of the University of Notre Dame is producing this inventory-catalogue of the Ambrosiana’s collection of some 12,000 drawings by European artists.

British Museum
Currently includes 279,713 objects in the online collection, of which 126,401 have one or more images.

Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: CVAOnline
A searchable collection of more than 100,000 digital images of decorated Greek pottery, drawn from the illustrations of the out-of-print fascicles of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

CORSAIR
A collaboration between the Pierpont Morgan Library and the Index of Christian Art, CORSAIR provides access to more than 5,000 digital images from the Morgan Library’s renowned collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture
Produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, with support from the Chipstone Foundation of Fox Point, Wisconsin.  The Chipstone Collection contains over  400 images of more than 100 pieces of Early American furniture.

Digital Scriptorium
Published by the University of California Berkeley, the Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts, intended to unite scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

Enluminures Database
Contains 14,000 selected images from over a thousand illuminated manuscripts preserved by French public libraries.

Estate Project for Artists with Aids Virtual Collection
The Estate Project for Artists with Aids Virtual Collection is a database of high quality images representing the works of artists with HIV/AIDS.

Europeana 
The European digital library, museum and archive gives users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.selected from content already digitised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.

Gemini (Graphic Editions Limited)
Published by the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), this online catalogue raisonné features publications of the Los Angeles print and sculpture workshop from its beginning in 1966 through 1996.

George Eastman House Photography Collections Online
Selected digital images.

George Ortiz Collection
The George Ortiz Collection, an important private collection of ancient art and ethnography.

Getty Research Library, Photo Study Collection
The Getty Research Library’s Photo Study Collection contains approximately two million photographs that document works of art and architecture.

Graphics Atlas
Developed by The Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology, provides print identification and characteristic exploration tools.

Helios: Photography Online
Online collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Photography Collection.

History of Art Visual Resource Collection, University of California, Berkeley
HAVRC is the visual online public access catalog to the 35mm slide and photographic print collection of the History of Art Visual Resources Collection at the University of California, Berkeley.

ICONCLASS 
Iconclass is a subject-specific classification system and a hierarchically ordered collection of definitions of objects, persons, events and abstract ideas that can be the subject of an image. Art historians, researchers and curators use it to describe, classify and examine images represented in various media such as paintings, manuscripts, posters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

Image Database to Enhance Asian Studies [IDEAS]
Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only.

ImageBase
ImageBase is a searchable image and text database of objects from the collections of the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Joconde Database
Entirely in French and operated by the Direction des Musées de France, the database provides over 135,000 works, 21,500 of which contain images of drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, photography and art objects.

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
A complete documentation of the frescoes of the upper church of San Francesco in Assisi, undertaken in 1977 by Luigi Artini.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collections Online
This searchable database includes approximately 45,000 records and 25,000 images from a wide variety of LACMA curatorial departments.

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

(National Library of the Netherlands)
Includes over 10,000 images from 400+ manuscripts.This database contains information about the illuminated medieval manuscripts of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum.

Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe
Includes digital records of Europe’s collections.

National Gallery of Art (US)
NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 43,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

National Palace Museum of Taipei
Collection of over 5,000 images of Chinese ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jewelry, costumes and books.

NYPL Digital Gallery
Access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Online Archive of California (OAC)
Online Archive of California (OAC), in partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL), is a digital resource providing access to materials held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.

Parker on the Web Prototype 
A collaborative project between Stanford University Libraries, the University of Cambridge and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, will eventually provide hundreds of medieval manuscripts available on the Internet.  The prototype version includes the Matthew Paris Chronica Maiora manuscripts. Users must register (at no cost) in order to search the prototype version.

Photographic Portraits of American Artists from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection

Picture Collection Online
Includes 30,000 digitized images, mostly pre-1923, from the New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, Picture Collection.

Portfolio (Princeton University Library) 
Includes images from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library, including photographs, portraits, illuminated manuscripts and miniatures, illustrated books, and works of art on paper.

Réunion des Musées Nationaux Photo Agency
More than 100,000 color transparencies and 500,000 black-and-white negatives relating to works of art in France’s national museums: paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, drawings and photographs.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Collections Access Online
Search for specific artworks or artists in SFMOMA’s collections, or browse by artist, medium or subject.

Slide and Photograph Image Retrieval Online (SPIRO)
SPIRO is the visual online catalog to the 35 mm slide collection of the Architectural Visual Resources Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Timeline of Art History
The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

Vézelay, Benedictine Abbey Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Burgundy, France)
The collection is  comprised of 91 images, documenting one of the most important surviving monuments of architecture and sculpture of the Romanesque period.

Visual Collections: Images of Art, History and Culture
Visual Collections is a digital image collection portal that includes more than 300,000 works from museums, universities and private collections throughout the world sponsored by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates. Fine art, photography, maps, architecture and other collections of culture are represented within Visual Collections.

Vivarium
Searchable on-line digital collections of Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict. Includes digitized manuscripts, art, rare books, photographs, audio, video, and other resources.

National Film Preservation Board, US Library of Congress Archive
Links to national film archives around the world. Alphabetical listing by country.

Science and Society Picture Library, UK
Pictures from the Science Museum (ScM),London; National Railway Museum (NRM), York; National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (NMPFT), Bradford.

The Thinker ImageBase
The collections of the Fine Arts Musums of San Francisco.

Victoria and Albert Museum Art Library
Searchable National Art Library. Exhibitions, internet projects, costume, design, calligraphy, book art, manuscripts, decorative arts.

Visual Arts Data Service
The Arts and Humanities Data Service, U.K. The Arts and Humanities Data Service is a UK national service funded by the JISC and AHRC to collect, preserve and promote the electronic resources which result from research and teaching in the arts and humanities

Search engines *

Findthatfile.com
Findthatfile.com’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive file search on the Internet.  Common searches are for PDFs, Documents, Audio, Video, RAR and ZIP compressed files, Fonts, and much much more.
They search as deeply as possible to identify the most relevant data from over 300 million files.

Gigablast Search Engine
Gigablast offers a variety of features including topic generation and the ability to index multiple document formats, enabling visitors to easily refine their search based upon related topics from search results. Gigablast indexes PDF, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel and Postscript documents.

 

Google Book Search
Search the full text of books in major university libraries around the world.

Google Scholar 
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, libraries, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Semantic Web search engines

SIBMAS, 
the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts. An International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions.

Smithsonian Institution
Libraries, archives, museums. African art, folk life, American Art Study Center, Archives of American Art.

Societies, organizations *

Art Librarians Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
Established to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs.

ArLiSNAP blog
Designed for the busy art librarian or librarian to be, the Art Library Students & New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) Web site provides:
A blog to discuss issues that affect librarians in the arts and humanities.
A place where new ideas are nurtured, supported, and developed.
Current art news and art-related RSS feeds.
Resources specifically geared towards your needs such as scholarships, fellowships, job postings, professional organizations, and more.

GLAM
The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM) was established in 2005 to bring together archivists, librarians, curators, writers, researchers, and anyone else with an interest in the collecting, preservation, use and promotion of literary archives and manuscripts in Britain and Ireland.

The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM)
The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM) was established in 2005 to bring together archivists, librarians, curators, writers, researchers, and anyone else with an interest in the collecting, preservation, use and promotion of literary archives and manuscripts in Britain and Ireland.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

SIBMAS, 
the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts. An International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions.

ARLIS UK & Ireland
The Art Libraries Society. Founded in 1969 ARLIS/ became an educational charity in 1995. It aims to promote all aspects of the librarianship of the visual arts, including architecture and design.

Country and city index *

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American Library in Paris

Art institute of Chicago. Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The research library collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, including primary source collections on American architecture.

Australia *

AustLit and Literary Archives
Information on relationship between AustLit and archival information infrastructure.

National Gallery of Australia Research Library

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Bavaria *

Internationale Jugendbibliothek
The International Youth Library is the world’s largest library for international children’s and youth literature. Founded in 1949 by Jella Lepman, it has grown to become the internationally recognized centre for children’s and youth literature. Their work is guided by the conviction that children’s and young adult books are an essential part of the cultural life of a society and of a country, and as such must be preserved, documented and shared.

 

Berenson Electronic Network
Shared Online Public Acess Catalog: Biblioteca Berenson, Library of the Uffizi, Library of the Fondazione Roberto Longhi, Library of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, Library of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Library of the Dutch Institute of Art History.

Berlin *

Berlinische Galerie

Kunstbibliothek Berlin

 

Bibliotheque Mazarine, Paris

Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Virtual tour, illuminated manuscripts. Includes Gallica, an online French classic texts database. Includes literature, history, politics and periodicals, internet resources.

Bodlean Library, Oxford University
Early journals, manuscripts, Chinese and Japanese books, images, catalogues.

Bridgeman Art Library 
A comprehensive source for art images for publication.

British Library, London
Collections, exhibitions, online library services, Magna Carta, Beowulf, sound archives, manuscripts, music, Oriental, India, Hispanic, early printed books, Slavonic texts.

British Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660-1900
British Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660-1900 is the first release in Galeâ’s British Literary Manuscripts Online series. This extensive digital archive includes hundreds of thousands of pages of poems, plays, essays, novels, diaries, journals, correspondence and other manuscripts from the Restoration through the Victorian era. These  documents can now be accessed by students, instructors and researchers everywhere.

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Cambridge University Library 
Manuscripts, maps, music, rare books, pamphlets. Arabic, Persian and Turkish collections, Irish collections, Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections. The Modern Humanities Research Association.

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 
Manuscripts and ancient works of art from Islam, East Asia and the West.

China *

Chinese libraries and museums.

National Library of China

 

Columbia University, New York 
Individual music and arts libraries. Journals, images, texts, rare books and manuscripts.

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Dresden

Dresden. Saxon State Library Treasures

 

Dutch University Institute for Art History (DUIA), Florence (Italy),
also known as Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut (NIKI) or Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte (IUO). Founded in 1958, the Institute has played an important role among cultural scientific institutes in Florence. The Institute is administered by Utrecht University and five other Dutch universities. Its library focuses on Italian, Dutch and Flemish art, and includes an online catalogue.

Europeana 
The European digital library, museum and archive gives users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.selected from content already digitized and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.

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Finland *

Ateneum
Ateneum Art Museum is home to the largest and most important art collections in Finland. The museum governs over 20,000 works of art. The most significant of these is the Antell Collection, a testamentary donation by the collector H. F. Antell.

 

Frick Collection Art Reference Library, New York

Frick Fine Arts Library.University of Pittsburgh
A non-circulating research collection serving the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and the undergraduate needs in fine arts and studio arts courses.

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The Getty Museum Research Library, Los Angeles

GLAM
The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM) was established in 2005 to bring together archivists, librarians, curators, writers, researchers, and anyone else with an interest in the collecting, preservation, use and promotion of literary archives and manuscripts in Britain and Ireland.

The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM)
The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM) was established in 2005 to bring together archivists, librarians, curators, writers, researchers, and anyone else with an interest in the collecting, preservation, use and promotion of literary archives and manuscripts in Britain and Ireland. 

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Haifa, University of Haifa Library
Art image bank selected by period. Religious texts:  Hindu, Moslem, Biblical, etc. Electronic references, texts, resources.

Harvard University Library
Peabody Museum of Ethnology and Archaeology HOLLIS online library resources. Library list.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is the repository for individuals in the fields of literature, criticism, journalism, drama, music, film, civil rights, diplomacy and national affairs. Although contemporary public figures is the specialty of the Center, there are substantial holdings of earlier historical documents and over 140,000 rare books.

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Letters *

Letters of Note
Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos are included where possible.

 

The Library of Alexandria /Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The New Library of Alexandria, the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 

London art history libraries and archives *

British Museum
The museum currently includes 279,713 objects in the online collection, of which 126,401 have one or more images.

Victoria and Albert Museum Art Library
Searchable National Art Library. Exhibitions, internet projects, costume, design, calligraphy, book art, manuscripts, decorative arts.

Bridgeman Art Library
A comprehensive source for art images for publication.

British Architectural Library
The British Architectural Library at the RIBA is the largest and most comprehensive resource in the United Kingdom for research and information on all aspects of architecture.

British Library, London
Collections, exhibitions, online library services Magna Carta, Beowulf, sound archives, manuscripts, music, Oriental, India, Hispanic, early printed books, Slavonic texts.

Goldsmith University of London Library
An extensive collection of printed and electronic resources, Special Collections and archives covering a range of 20th-century creative and performing arts, humanities, education and social sciences.

Kingston University Library

London Library
With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications.

National Portrait Gallery
Heinz Archive and Library. A Collection of 80,000 portraits, mainly prints, but also a body of drawings and a smaller body of paintings and sculptures.

Paul Mellon Centre
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art  is an educational charity set up to promote and support the study of British art history and architecture.

Royal Academy
The Royal Academy of Arts Library is the oldest institutional fine arts library in the United Kingdom. In fulfilling this role it has built up significant collections of books and other material such as archives, prints, drawings and photographs relating to British art and the history of the Academy, its Members, Schools, exhibitions and collections since the mid-18th century. The Research Library and Archive is open to the public by appointment.

Tate Gallery
The Tate Library & Archive collections (Hyman Kreitman Research Centre)

University of the Arts London Library

University College London

Victoria and Albert Museum National Art Library
The National Art Library is a major public reference library of fine and decorative arts from many countries and periods. It is open to the public as a reference library.

Wallace Collection Library Catalogue

Warburg Institute Library
The Warburg Institute is concerned mainly with cultural history, art history and history of ideas, especially in the Renaissance. It aims to promote and conduct research on the interaction of cultures, using verbal and visual materials. It specializes in the influence of ancient Mediterranean traditions on European culture from the Middle Ages to the modern period.

M

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Humanities Library
Humanities internet resources by subject, online foreign language journals, magazines and newspapers.

MICHAEL (Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe)
The MICHAEL portal offers access to digital resources from collections across Europe. It enables worldwide access to Europe’s cultural heritage, bringing together unique digital collections from museums, libraries and archives in one central portal. France, Italy and the United Kingdom have completed national inventories for MICHAEL

Michigan University. University of Michigan Humanities Initiative
Unrestricted/restricted text and image collections. Reference, Bible, Early English, Middle English, Modern English, William Blake, Project Muse (Scholarly journals Online), Project Bartelby (Great Books Online), Victorian Women Writers project.

Monastic libraries *

Monastic Libraries
An introductory history.

Monastic and theological studies. 
Monastic texts, images of monasteries, monastic studies web links.

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New York *

Frick Collection Art Reference Library, New York

New Zealand *

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa
Art, design and photography digitized collections. Over 30,000 images available for download and re-use in high resolution. Collections Online has information on over 500,000 artworks, objects and specimens from Te Papa’s collections, from dinosaur teeth to contemporary art, as well as information on people, places, topics, species, and research from their curators.

P

Paris *

Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Virtual tour, illuminated manuscripts. Includes Gallica, an online French classic texts database. Includes literature, history, politics and periodicals, internet resources. Banque d’images/picture collection.

American Library in Paris

Poland *

Polona
Polona.pl is a National Library of Poland website hosting literary and scientific texts, historical documents, journals, graphics, photographs, music scores and maps.

Portugal *

Biblioteca Joanina
The Biblioteca Joanina, the ornate 18th century Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, owes its name to the monarch under whose aegis it was built: João V, the Magnanimous, as part of his wide-ranging efforts to promote artistic, cultural and scientific endeavours.

Prague *

Národní knihovna/National Library of the Czech RepublicStrahovská knihovna/The Strahov Library

R

Rome *

Biblioteca Angelica

Bibliotheca Hertziana/Max Planck Institute of Art History

Villa Medici Library

The Vatican Library

 

Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago

Russia *

Russian State Library
The Tacis library information project. Special collections. Links to Russian libraries. The second largest library in the world. 

S

Sackler Library, Oxford University
The Sackler Library is a major research centre for the study of Art History and the Ancient World.

Sorbonne University Library, Paris

Spain *

CERES
is an online union catalogue, which includes information and images from a large selection of cultural goods that together form the museum collections of the Red Digital Collections Museum of Spain.

U

University of Chicago Library
Ancient Near East, Anthropology, Art, Architecture, and Photography, Cinema and Media Studies Classics, Judaica and Hebraica, Women’s Studies.

University of Michigan Humanities Initiative
Unrestricted, restricted text and image collections. Reference, Bible, Early English, Middle English, Modern English, William Blake, Project Muse (Scholarly journals Online), Project Bartelby (Great Books Online), Victorian Women Writers Project.

V

Vatican Library
Catalog, secret archives, images from the Vatican museums. Vatican Main Exhibition hall/Vatican Museums/ images. Sistine Chapel treasures, Apostolic library, galleries, paintings, tapestries, clothing.

Venice/Venezia *

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti

Vienna *

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Victoria and Albert Museum Art Library
Searchable National Art Library. Exhibitions, internet projects, costume, design, calligraphy, book art, manuscripts, decorative arts.

Visual Arts Data Service
The Arts and Humanities Data Service, U.K. The Arts and Humanities Data Service is a UK national service funded by the JISC and AHRC to collect, preserve and promote the electronic resources which result from research and teaching in the arts and humanities.

U

UK Literary Heritage Working Group
raising awareness of the richness of literary archives, their tremendous creative, educational, research value and diverse uses across a range of audiences.

W

Wallace Collection Library Catalogue
Originally established as a research library for curatorial staff, it is now a reference library open to the public by appointment.

Weimar *

Duchess Anna Amalia Library/Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

 

Wikipedia entry on Public Libraries.

Y

Yale University Art and Architecture Library


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