Visual Resources FAQ

Request a consultation with a trained visual resource specialist.

Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) will scan slides, monographs, oversized material, and flatbed material for a fee (faculty should check with their department chairs to determine whether or not their departments will cover costs) within 1-2 weeks. There are also many self-service scanning facilities on campus.

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) maintains an online collection of images. You may also request digitization of material from RMC, subject to curatorial approval. Visit RMC’s reproduction services for more information about ordering images. For permission requests, please contact

Cornell University Library maintains many image databases, which are available in Artstor and the Library’s Digital Collections portal. Artstor includes presentation tools that allow you to export your presentation to PowerPoint. Faculty, staff, and other Cornell affiliates who have a need for special account privileges for instruction, research and development may gain access to the presentation tools by emailing a request to visual resources help.

See Cornell University Library’s Copyright Services, which is serves as an information clearinghouse for Cornell policies, general information, reference materials, and information on the University’s copyright awareness and education programs. You can also find information about the copyright clearance and consultancy services to assist you with your copyright-related questions.

Cornell University Library has trained visual resources specialists on staff to support your instructional needs. Schedule a consultation.

Cornell University faculty and graduate students may request a password to obtain instructor privileges. To request an instructor password, contact visual resources help.

Faculty and graduate students can work with Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) to make their images available via Artstor. Contact for more information.

Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) provides a suite of services to support the digital collection building process. Contact for more information.

Since Cornell librarians adhere to the ACRL code of ethics for special collections librarians, we are not permitted to perform appraisals. You may consider seeking assistance from a professional appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers.