As a current student, faculty or staff member, you may click on any of the links below to access Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s electronic resources.


The ARTstor provides more than one million images with tools for teaching and reasearch. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photoarchives, and artists and artists’ estates from all over the world. Read the full list here.

The collections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more. Find sample subject guides here.

Click on the links below for additional ARTstor resources
ARTstor Help

ARTstor Instructional Videos on YouTube

Live ARTstor-led Instructional Webinars


A comprehensive database of American artists and international artists’. There are over 200,000 artists in the database.


Bloom’s Literature

The Bloom’s library of literary criticism presents expert analysis, by world-renowned scholar Harold Bloom. Professor Bloom has been an original mind and provocative presence on the international library scene for more than 50 years, and his hundreds of critical volumes illuminate the major achievements of the Western literary tradition.


Britannica Academic

Continuously updated reference site with more than 7,500 articles and more than 23,000 biographies. Britannica Online includes World Data Analyst, Gateway to the Classics, Meriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Meriam Webster’s Dictionary of Quotations, selected full-text articles from EBSCO and ProQuest journals, BBC & New York Times daily headlines, The Web’s Best, World Atlas and Workspace, a research organizer.


Contemporary Authors

Biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today’s most influential authors.


Credo Reference

A great place to start developing your base knowledge on a subject with access to 551 plus highly-regarded titles from over 70 publishers, covering every major subject.



EBSCOhost includes the following databases:

Academic Search Elite

A core resource of scholarly information containing over 2,000 full-text journals.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodical

The AAS collection features over 7500 titles from the 17th through the late 19th Century, broken down into 4 Series.

AAS Series 1 – 1691-1820

AAS Series 2 – 1821-1837

AAS Series 3 – 1838-1852

AAS Series 4 – 1853-1865

Associated Press Images

Photographs, audio sound bytes, graphics and text covering more than 160 years of history.

Art and Architecture Source

Art & Architecture Source covers a broad range of subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art to various areas of architecture and architectural design.

Art Museum Image Gallery (AMIG)

Thousands of high-quality art images and related multimedia.

Biography Reference Bank

Biography Reference Bank offers a breadth and depth of biographical information. It covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images.

eBook Academic Collection & Biography Reference eBook Collection

A growing multidisciplinary academic collection of 174,000 plus eBook titles.


A digital journal newsstand.  Provides access to the following periodicals: Animation Magazine ; Artforum International, Art Newspaper ; ARTnews ; Communication Arts ; Computer Arts ; The New Yorker ; Wired.


A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, etc.

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View is a full-text database of essays covering multiple sides of current issues.

Electronic Books

Cornell Open

Classic out-of-print books openly accessible.

A collection of 174,000 plus electronic books . Available to download offline to your laptop or eReader device, such as Kindle or Nook. Access is available by through EBSCOhost or the link above.

To download offline, you must first register on campus and then sign-in to your account.
How do I download eBooks to my offline device?

Project Gutenberg
A collection of over 45,000 eBooks to read on your computer or freely download to your eReader, mobile device or other portable device.

Getty Research Portal
The Getty Research Portal™ is a free online search platform providing access to art history texts in the public domain covering art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.

Google Books
Millions of books available to preview or read.


Electronic Reserves

Required or recommended readings selected by the faculty for student access and placed on reserve. Copyright of all articles is the property of the posted copyright holder and content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or pasted to a list-serve without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download or email articles for individual educational use.


FAQs About the Library and Research and Study Skills

Questions and answers about the most frequently asked questions. Information will be added on an ongoing basis.


Films on Demand

Thousands of full-length streaming videos and clips-many exclusive-from acclaimed producers.


A digital journal newsstand.  Provides access to the following periodicals: Animation Magazine ; Aperture ; Art Newspaper ; Artforum International  ; ARTnews ; Communication Arts ; Computer Arts ; Juxtapoz ; Modern Painters ; New American Paintings ; The New Yorker ; Wired.



JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.


LinkedIn Learning

Thousands of online video-based instruction covering software, creative and business skills.


Nexis Uni

Full-text documents from thousands of news, business, legal, medical and reference publications.


PA Power Library

e-Resources provided in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds
from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds
administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education,
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

You will need a current public library card from the any of the libraries in the Library System of Lancaster county.


Sites provided by PA government entities to help with job resources



Creative commons Art History and Archaeology resource for teachers and students.


Stash Media

Access to the planet’s largest online library of animation, VFX and motion design. Stream, search and build your own playlists from over 3,500 exceptional commercials, music videos, title and broadcast designs, game cinematics, short films and more – complete with exclusive interviews, behind the scenes features, production notes, credits, tool-kits and links for every project.