An Introduction to ARTstor

What is ARTstor? 

"ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes." (from

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Where can I find ARTstor?
Begin on the
E. H Butler Library Web site and click on Research at the top of the page.  From the drop-down list, select Databases.  Choose All Databases by Title, click on 'A,' and scroll down to find ARTstor. If you are using an off-campus computer, select the "Off-campus access" option.  ARTstor can also be found in the Arts and Humanities section under All Databases by Subject.

Technical Requirements and Specifications

Getting Started/Registration
Click on Go in the top right corner to enter the ARTstor digital library at
This will bring you to the Home page where you can register by using your Buffalo State College email address and a password of your choice.  Registration will enable full use of ARTstor (saving image groups, adding personal notes, etc.).  You may also begin exploring ARTstor by searching and browsing for images via the Home page. 

Quick Start Guide
This document covers technical requirements for using ARTstor, explaining search types, browsing collections, viewing images and data, saving image groups, and downloading the offline image viewer. 
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Detailed Help Guide

Quick Guide: Terms and Conditions

ARTstor Blog
This is the place to read all current and past ARTstor announcements.

For Faculty:

Faculty Quick Guide

How do I register for instructor privileges?
Contact Marie Bogner,
 Visual Resources Curator, Fine Arts Department, if you wish to set up a course folder for your class.

For Students:

Student Quick Guide

Questions or Comments? Need help using ARTstor?
Please contact
Marie Bogner, Visual Resources Curator, Fine Arts Department, by e-mail or phone: 878-4390.