Welcome to the Visual Resources Facility (also known as the VRF).
The VRF is here to help instructors and students find, create and
display images. We offer image, video and reference collections,
a computer lab and a nice, quiet place to read and work. Our
primary mission is to support teaching and research for the
Department of Art & Art History but we maintain a policy of open
access to the collection by any current member of the faculty,
staff and student body here at UC Davis.
Leah Theis, Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Zdybel, Assistant Librarian, email@example.com
NOTE: Because staff are working remotely, we recommend that you
contact staff via email.
Hours and Location:
163/165 Everson is closed in accordance with the
shelter-in-place order now underway and the resulting suspension
of on-campus operations.
Please contact staff by email.
The VRF has a growing collection of art and
architecture-related digital images and a legacy collection of
35mm slides. We strive to facilitate access to the collection, as
well as supplement the collection with new materials when
possible. We are happy to help — drop by the VRF and talk to us
about what you need and what we can do to help.
Our image collection is now accessible in ARTstor, a
campus licensed image and research tools available to anyone on
campus or to users with valid kerberos accounts. If you are
having difficulty accessing Artstor, please contact VRF staff.
In addition to images, the VRF also has art related videos,
DVDs, and maintains an archive of the Art History Program’s
MA Theses. Please contact VRF staff for access to these
Course and Classroom Support
We will digitize on request for Art and Art History
Department faculty and visiting instructors. Please
provide the book or print source along with a list of pages
and/or figures and discuss scheduling with VRF staff in
advance. Depending on the request on our availability, we
make every effort to provide this support to the general campus
community as well.
The VRF staff also provide support and training for image
scanning and image presentation software, advice on image storage
and production, Canvas, training and support of AV
equipment, and equipment training and
scheduling of classrooms administered by the Art
History Program. If you need assistance with any of these, please
call or email us.
If you prefer to do it yourself, you are welcome to come over and
use our scanner. We are happy to show you how to use our
scanner and can provide advice on best practices for
making, archiving and publishing your images.
We have a flatbed scanner and a 35 mm film scanner (VRF
staff use only). We are happy to help students and faculty
produce images for research or instructional use. If you need VRF
staff to provide this service for you, please bring the book or
print source along with a list of pages and/or figures to
the VRF and discuss scheduling with VRF staff in
advance. NOTE: at this time, please email VRF staff for
assistance with image production.
Because of the limited opening of campus and the Department of
Art and Art History, the VRF is not currently providing course
reserves for Art History courses.
Career in the Arts: Brown Bag Lunch Series
VRF staff developed and facilitate these casual
meet-and-greet sessions which attempt to provide some
answers to the question: “What can I do with a major in Art
History or Art Studio”? Join us for lunch and a conversation with
professionals working in a number of visual arts-related fields
as we discuss a variety of career paths open to Art and Art