How to Find Images

The AAU Library has image collections available for research in both digital and physical formats:

LUNA Digital Image Collections Database

(AAU ID name and number required for offsite access)

  • LUNA is the AAU Library’s digital image collections database. It has over 380,000 images that directly support the University’s curriculum available to search and download, including the AMICA Library and images digitized locally at the request of AAU faculty.
  • You can use the basic keyword search, create customized searches with LUNA’s Advanced Search feature, or simply browse specified collections by LUNA’s What, Where, Who, When categories.
  • LUNA is also a dynamic instruction tool that allows registered users to create interactive presentations with features such as zooming in on high-resolution images during presentations, instant access to image data, and the integration of images from Flickr.
  • LUNA users also have the ability to export presentations to PowerPoint for use without a network connection.

AAU Library’s Digital Images Webpage

  • The Digital Images webpage lists several recommended websites that offer a wide variety of image resources, including Visual Arts Data Services (VADS), Flickr Commons, and Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
  • Helpful guides are also featured on the Digital Images page to assist you in your research, such as LUNA tutorials, subject search guides, and a how-to guide for citing images using MLA format.

Reference Book Collection

  • Our Reference collection covers an large range of subjects and is a great image resource.
  • You can search our online catalog for books on your topic.
  • If you can't find the book you are looking for, ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.
  • Reference books must stay in the library, but you can scan or copy from them.

Picture Files

  • The picture files contain a wide variety of printed images organized by subject.
  • These images are stored in filing cabinets on the left side of the library.
  • Use the binder above the cabinets or the library's online catalog to search for images on your topic.
  • You can scan, copy, or check these images out of the library for two weeks.

Auction Catalogs

  • The library has an extensive collection of Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction catalogs, which contain images of decorative arts, furniture, paintings, and more from various time periods and countries.
  • You can scan images from the auction catalogs, copy them, or check them out of the library for two weeks.

For more information about image research, please see the PDF guide Image Search Strategies.

If you have any questions or require assistance searching for images, please contact Abby Dansiger, Visual Resources Librarian, at (415) 618-3761 or adansiger@academyart.edu.