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Artstor: Getting Started

A guide to finding, organizing, and presenting images using the growing ARTstor digital image database of more than 2 million images.

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Check the topic list below for regularly updated news about Artstor collections, tools, services and events 


Artstor Commons


This short video walks you through the process of registering for an Artstor account and describes some of the features available to registered users.  Watch, and then explore Artstor on your own.  NOTE: You will need to disable your browser's pop-up blockers in order to allow Artstor's image windows to open. 

Off Campus Access


To access Artstor from home, you must first register for an account from a computer on campus. To do so, visit the UIC library's Databases A-Z list and scroll down to Artstor.  Once on the Artstor site, click on the orange "Go" button near the top right of that page.  On the next screen, you will be prompted to set up an account by clicking where it says "Not registered?"  Using your UIC NetID and password is preferred.

Once your account is created, you may access Artstor remotely (from home or other off-campus location).  To reach the Artstor site, you should use one of the links provided on the UIC Library web site, for example the Databases A-Z list, or the Research Guides. You will be asked to provide your UIC NetID and password first, allowing you to be confirmed as an authenticated user.  You may then log in with the email address and password that you have set up.

Registered users have access to a number of additional Artstor features. They can create and save image groups, add notes or comments to images, and download the presentation software (called the Offline Image Viewer).  They also may view the contents of password-protected Shared Folders.

More info about off-campus access:  Artstor Remote Access guidelines

Connect now:  Artstor

Artstor Mobile

Registered Artstor users can access Artstor on their Android devices. Go to on your device, click the "Enter here" button, and install the free app. The app allows you to search the full image library, view search results, and access saved image groups. 

Artstor Mobile is also available for Apple devices. Go to from your mobile device.

Featured Shared Shelf Image

First City poster, 1983

Salsa Kenny (flyer designer). First City event flyer, May 6, 1983. Cornell University Library, Rare and Manuscript Collections, Breakbeat Lenny Archive, 1980-2004. Shared Shelf ID: HHC8052M_0022