Visual Resources Facility (VRF)


Visual Resources Facility
Department of Art and Art History

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,
Lisa Zdybel, Assistant Librarian,
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.

Media Collections

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 materials.

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. 

Creating Images

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.

Visual Resources Association Best Practices and Procedures Guidelines


While the VRF staff can not provide copyright research, we will provide guidance and information to assist you through this confusing process.

The Visual Resources Association’s Resources Providing Guidance on Academic Use of Images

Circulating and Non-circulating Equipment

We provide circulating and non-circulating equipment to students and faculty to use for instructional and research purposes:

  • Scanning station with Adobe Creative Suite and  large format Epson 10000XL Graphic Arts flatbed scanners and an Epson 10000XL Photo flatbed scanner (with transparency adapter)
  • portable data projectors
  • a PC laptop and a MAC laptop
  • Mac, VGA, HDMI adaptors and cables, flash drives, ethernet cables, extension cords
  • slide projectors and carousels

Course Reserves

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 History students. 

These workshops will count toward the mandatory requirement for seniors.

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