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Images and Visual Resource Collections

Online guide to image collections for faculty, researchers and students at the University of Toronto.


This research guide directs you to a range of resources at the University of Toronto Library and numerous online resources for specialized subject areas. Consult the tab, Public Domain and Creative Commons for images that do not require copyright permissions to use. 

For copyright guidance in using images under fair dealing (Canadian legislation) and for other purposes consult: University of Toronto Library Copyright Website.

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Need Help? Email the Visual Resources Liaison Librarian at to schedule a virtual research consultation or send an enquiry via email.

Out of an abundance of caution, all research consultations will be conducted using Zoom starting March 19th, 2020.  Further information will be provided by your Liaison Librarian when you schedule a research consultation.

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PLEASE NOTE: FADIS is in the process of being decomissioned, and the departmental and university image collections moved to JSTOR Forum. More details to follow.

FADIS is learning management and courseware system developed for image based teaching of art and architecture. The goal of FADIS is the creation of a freely available common repository and delivery system for education and research available to contributing institutions. FADIS contains more than 100,000 images for use in the arts, architecture and general humanities.

Students can access complete course information where faculty make it available. Image lectures can be viewed online and downloaded as PDFs containing thumbnail images, image data and any lecture notes added by their instructor. In addition, students can view handouts and download any files posted to their course, view syllabi and access any external resources which are automatically generated as hyperlinks. Course syllabi are also available as PDF format.

Faculty can make lecture carousels associated with a particular course using the carousel tool. Carousels can contain an unlimited number of images, can be public or privately available, duplicated and shared with other courses (please note that to share a carousel with a different FADIS account requires Administrative assistance).

Access is restricted to faculty, students, and staff of each participating institution. All content is to be used for the purpose of private study, research, criticism, and review. It is the user's responsibility to operate within and to observe the copyright laws of Canada.