NCSU Libraries offer a number of online image collections for teaching, research, and study for faculty, staff and students. Save time and effort by taking advantage of these valuable resources!
Design Library Image Collection
The Design Library Image Collection is an evolving and rapidly growing collection of images accessible through LUNA, a web-based digital library. The collection contains about 150,000 digital images covering art, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and graphic design, including plans, sections, and other drawings. Records for the Design Library’s 80,000 35mm slides, can also be searched via LUNA. Library staff will digitize slides from the collection and make the images accessible through LUNA upon request.
The image collection now hosts the Archivision Research Library, which is comprised of professional, high quality images covering architecture, urban design, archaeological sites, landscapes, gardens, and works of art. The Library is intended for scholarship and teaching in architecture and art history but also has broad appeal across disciplines.
With LUNA, patrons are able to take advantage of the following features:
- Search and browse for images
- Export individual and groups of images
- Create media groups (folders)
- Add images from Flickr to media groups and presentations
- Share search results and media groups with persistent URLs or through a number of services, like NCSU Libraries course reserves, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest
- Integrates with courseware
- Export media groups directly into PowerPoint
- Mobile support for iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone
For detailed instructions, see A Guide to the Design Library Image Collection in LUNA Insight 6.3.
ARTstor is a digital library of over 2 million images in the areas of art, graphic design, industrial design, the built environment, the humanities, and the sciences. It provides tools to browse, search, view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes.
Patterns, Textures, Backgrounds, and 2D Stock Images and 3d Objects
The Design Library Collection also has resources for other stock images, patterns textures, and backgrounds, as well as 3D digital objects. See the Media Resources page for more information.
NCSU Libraries: Special Collections Research Center
NCSU Libraries Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials
The Rare and Unique Materials database s a one-stop gateway to over 83,000 images, text and digital media, representing a broad array of collections which include the following and many more.
University Archives Photograph Collection
The University Archives Photograph Collection has over 47,000 images that provide a rich visual history about North Carolina State University from its opening in 1889, to the present.
Built Heritage of North Carolina: Historic Architecture in the Old North State
The Built Heritage collection provides access to thousands of photographs and drawings of hundreds of buildings and structures in North Carolina dating from the 1700s to the early 1900s.
Beaux-Arts to Modernism
The Beaux-Arts to Modernism collection contains over 9000 architectural drawings and photos of buildings throughout North Carolina.
Edward T. Funkhouser Photographs
The Edward T. Funkhouser Photographs collection consists of color photographs, taken by Funkhouser, showing the campus of North Carolina State University, 2001-2010.
Complete descriptions of all collections in Rare and Unique Materials are available on Special Collections' Digital Collections and Publications page.
North Carolina Architects and Builders: A Biographical Dictionary
North Carolina Architects and Builders database chronicles the lives and works of architects, builders, and artisans who have contributed to North Carolina’s rich architectural history.
Digital Image-Related Services at the Design Library
Image Requests/Copywork for Teaching, Research, and Study
The Design Library offers high-resolution digital copystand photography and flatbed scanning as ways to improve and develop the contents of the Design Library Image Collection (available through LUNA) to better meet the needs of its users. This service gives faculty and students the opportunity to shape the contents of the collection into an invaluable resource that reflects current topics in teaching and research. Images requested will be the property of NCSU Libraries. The library is not providing any personal image services at this time. See the Image Requests page for Image Request Forms and more information.
Scanning of Existing Slides in Design Library Image Collection
In addition to the 147,000 digital images, the Design Library Image Collection also contains about 80,000 35mm slides which may or may not be available in digital format. If you would like a slide(s) scanned or rescanned because of poor image quality, please contact the staff at the Design Library.
Contribute! is a program designed to encourage faculty to add their personal images to the Design Library Image Collection. The benefit of making your images part of the collection is permanent storage in a location where all university faculty, staff and students can access them.
We welcome your digital images and slides and will add them to the collection, if an identical image does not already exist in the Design Library Image Database, and if each image is of good quality and is properly identified. We prefer to make digital derivatives of the slides and return them to the owner. See the Contribute! page for the Digital Image and Slide Submission Form and more information on the program.
Training for Design Library Image Collection and ARTstor
The Design Library website contains instructional information on the use of the Design Library Image Collection and ARTstor. If they do not provide enough information for your needs, we also offer both one-on-one and group training. Contact Barbara Brenny or Karen DeWitt to request training.