Answered By: Anna Harper
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2016     Views: 55

Artstor does provides approximately 39,000 publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications, in any discipline, free of charge.  These images may not be used for book covers.

The Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program was initiated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007 to enable scholars to provide visual materials to their academic publications, and has grown as more museums participate.

Because the University of Denver Libraries subscribes to Artstor, current members of our community can access the images via the database.  Add "IAP" to your search to retrieve images.  For example, if you would like to find images for costumes from the 1920s, use the advanced search to select the type of medium desired, type iap into the search box, and limit the years from 1920 to 1929:

Image of ArtStor advanced search window, searching for iap, date range 1920-1929, limited classification to "fashion, costume and jewelry"

Once you have identified an image you would like to use, click on the IAP icon beneath the image:

Image of search results, highlighting the IAP button to select under the image you want

A box will pop up with a general notice about the terms and conditions associated with using images in an academic publication.  Click on Proceed:

Image of the "Important Notice" window that pops up click "Proceed"

Another box will pop up prompting you to download the image:

Image of the "Image Download" box that pops up, choose "Download Image"

The Terms and Conditions of Use for this image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art then pops up, click the box to agree to the terms and then click continue:

Image of the "Image Download" window that pops up, click the box to agree to the terms and then click "continue"

For images that aren't part of the IAP program, or if you need the image for a use other than an academic publication, click on the caption beneath the image for the full record which contains information about rights, as well as contact information:

Image showing a non-IAP image result in ArtStor, and the caption to click on to find out more information, including rights information, for the image

The rights for this image from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

Image of the details for an image result in ArtStor, highlighting the area the explains the rights of the image

More about the museums involved in the project, the number of images available from each, information about rights, and contact information at Artstor can be found on the IAP page.