Pratt Institute Libraries - Dev


The Visual Resources Center (VRC), a division of Visual and Multimedia Resources, seeks to provide Pratt faculty and students with visual collections to support the curriculum of the institute in a variety of formats: digital images, slides, and picture files.

The Pratt Institute Libraries’ Digital Image  Collection, which is geared toward teaching and learning, is hosted through Artstor and can be accessed seamlessly within Artstor’ collection of over 1.3 million images.


Slide Collection

Picture Files and Art Reproductions


Digital Image Resources at the Pratt Institute Libraries

Artstor Basics Guide

Slide Collection

The slide collection consists of approximately 120,000 color and black and white slides, covering a wide range of subjects from painting, sculpture, and architecture to graphic design and computer arts. 

Borrowing Slides

The collection is available only to Pratt faculty, staff and students with a valid ID card who have registered to use the library. Slide borrowing privileges are not extended to Alumni with a valid Alumni Card or visiting faculty during the summer (Pre-college program) or winter sessions.  Slides are not to be used outside of Pratt Institute, and may not be duplicated.

·         Faculty may borrow an unlimited number of slides for up to one month, but are encouraged to return slides sooner.

·         Students may borrow up to 70 slides for up to one week.

Slides must be checked out at the VRC during regular operating hours, and all patrons must fill out a check-out form with their name, date, address, telephone number and department, and note the number of slides checked out by classification and/or artist name.

Returning Slides

Patrons must return slides at the Visual Resources Center in person during operating hours.  Patrons who return slides at the Circulation Desk or in the Overnight Book Drop or the Art & Architecture Department will be charged for any lost or damaged slides.  Partial returns will not be accepted.  It is very important that patrons make sure that all slides are checked in and that their account is cleared, as materials not cleared from a patron's account will be considered lost. If your account is not cleared, you will receive a bill for the lost or damaged slides.

Renewing Slides

Slides may be renewed in person, or by logging into your online Library account at

·         Faculty may renew slide boxes one time for an additional two weeks.

·         Students may renew slide boxes one time for an additional week.


Reserving Slides

Patrons may reserve slides for one week only. Slides not picked up within one week will be re-filed.

Repair and Replacement Charges

Charges for students, faculty and staff are $5.00 per broken glass, and $10.00 per lost slide or damaged film. Faculty with outstanding slides from previous semesters may not borrow slides for the current semester until all slides are returned or a lost charge of $10.00 per slides is paid to the library. Fines for students are $0.50 per day for overdue slide boxes.

Slide Projectors

Slide projectors may be borrowed from the Equipment Loan Office on the Lower Level of the Brooklyn Library.


Picture Files and Art Reproductions

The Brooklyn Campus Library has a collection of over 100,000 picture clippings organized by subject, and a collection of over 13,000 mounted art reproductions encompassing art, architecture and design.

See Borrow & Renew for information on borrowing these items.