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Visual Resources Library Catalog

The Collection houses a basic reference library for the study of art and architecture. The Department maintains subscriptions to major English-language art periodicals. These materials do not circulate, but can be consulted in the Department of Art and Art History. The library catalog is online, and fully searchable.

The Visual Resources Collection of the Department of Art and Art History at Pomona College is open to the faculty, staff and students of the Claremont Colleges for classroom lectures and presentations. The Collection consists of slides, digital images, videos, DVDs and a reference library of books and periodicals. The Curator of Visual Resources can help you find images and information and demonstrate the use of the image databases.


The slide collection has c. 150,000 35mm slides covering the history of art and architecture from the Palaeolithic Era to the twenty-first century. The collection is strong in its coverage of the Western artistic tradition; it also includes some Islamic, African, Precolumbian and Native American material. Slides can be checked out for 24 hours (extensions available through Curator of Visual Resources).

Digital Images

Over 7000 digital images are now available through Pomona College’s Luna Imaging Insight 6.0 database. Through Insight 6.0 users have access to high-quality, well-documented images that can be used with the Insight 6.0 presentation software, or downloaded into PowerPoint presentations. Insight 6.0 is available in two forms: the Insight Java client and web-based Luna at Access to Insight 6.0 is restricted to faculty, student and staff of the Claremont Colleges and requires registration with Pomona Information Technology Services (ITS). Contact Jason Smith ( for a username and password and information on installing the Insight 6.0 java client.

The Libraries of the Claremont Colleges subscribe to ARTstor which provides access to nearly one million images of art and architecture ( Contact Alexandra Chappell ( for username and password.

Videos and DVDs

The Visual Resources Collection contains over 400 videos and more than 200 DVDs on art and visual culture. These materials can be checked out for 24 hours (extensions available through Curator of Visual Resources).