Design Library: Overview of Image Resources and Related Services

Image Databases

NC State University 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 accessible through LUNA, a web-based digital library. The collection contains over 150,000 digital images covering art, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and graphic design, including plans, sections, and other drawings. 

The image collection now hosts the Archivision Research Library, which is comprised of 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.

Womb Chair, Eero Saarinen, Design Library Image Collection

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)
  • Share search results and media groups with persistent URLs or through a number of services, like NC State University Libraries course reserves
  • Export media groups directly into PowerPoint
  • Mobile support

For detailed instructions, see A Guide to the Design Library Image Collection in Luna


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.

Animal Shelter, Arons & Gelauff, ARTstor

For instructions on getting started with ARTstor, see ARTstor Training Options(This link is broken. We're working on fixing it). To learn how to use ARTstor's advanced features, see Instructor Level Access.

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.

NC State University Libraries: Special Collections Research Center

NC State University 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.

Matheson Hotel Apartments, Louis Asbury, Beaux-Arts to Modernism

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.Carter-Finley Stadium

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 NC State University 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.

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.  Contact Karen DeWitt for assistance.