Design Library: About the Design Library Image Collection

The Collection

The Design Library has about 150,000 digital images covering art, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and graphic design available for teaching, research, and study. These images can be accessed through the online Design Library Image Collection. For help understanding and using the database, see our guide. The image collection also has over 80,000 35mm slides available. The easiest way to locate the slides is through the online database.

If there are images you would like to see added to the collection, do not hesitate to contact Barbara Brenny, the Visual Resources Librarian or any Design Library staff. Also visit the Image Requests page for more information.

Our Mission

The overall goal is to shift the image collection from the traditionally slide-based model to a robust online digital image library. We are moving toward a faculty-driven image collection that is fully representative of all of the disciplines in the college. Accomplishing this will require input and image requests from faculty in all departments. We are working to provide high-quality digital images and better tools to facilitate access. Providing our patrons with the support necessary to organize digital images and display them in the classroom is also one of our top priorities.

Use of the Collection

Access to the Image Collection, both digital images and slides, is limited to the North Carolina State University community. Only faculty, staff, and students have access to these resources. Slides may be checked out at the Design Library circulation desk.


The Design Library Image Collection of the NCSU Libraries are lawfully acquired and lawfully made images provided as a convenient searchable online index for the non-profit, educational use of NCSU students, faculty, and staff only. Access to both this searchable index of thumbnail images and to the enlarged format, where available/permitted, is restricted to NCSU students, faculty, and staff. The physical slides of the Design Library Image Collection of the NCSU Libraries are not available for loan beyond NCSU, nor are they for sale.

The Design Library Image Collection and its physical slides are an extension of traditional library services and are provided in a manner that respects fair use rights, the rights of copyright holders, and current copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.