The Visual Resources Center (VRC) is a division of the Pratt Institute Libraries, located on the Third floor of the Brooklyn Campus Library. The VRC houses a collection of over 120,000 architecture, art and design color slides, a growing digital image collection hosted through ARTstor, and scanning workstations for public use.
The VRC is open to Pratt faculty, staff, and students with a valid Pratt ID card. Pratt alumni with a valid Alumni Card and visiting faculty during the summer (pre-college program) and winter sessions, may use the VRC scanners, but are not entitled to borrow slides. Faculty with a valid Pratt ID card may request digital images for inclusion in the Pratt Institute Libraries Digital Image Collection, hosted online through ARTstor.
Brooklyn Campus Library
VRC Main Phone: 718-636-3716
10am - 7pm, Monday - Thursday
10am - 6pm, Friday
The VRC follows the closing schedule of the Pratt Instiute Libraries. For the latest information about special closings and intersession hours, go to the Hours Page.
An Expson 10000XL is available on a first-come, first-served basis for faculty, students, and alumni. This equipment may be used for regular scanning and scanning transparencies using film or slide adaptors available at the VRC. Scanning sessions are limited to three hours.
35mm Slide Scanners
A Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED slide scanner is also available for faculty, students, and alumni. Appointments are strongly encouraged, and should be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 718-636-3716 or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Scanning sessions are limited to three hours.
Software and Hardware
Scanning stations are equipped with Adobe Photoshop and PowerPoint, and are connected to the Internet. Patrons should bring their own CD, DVD, or jump drive to transfer scanned images from the scanning workstation
There is a copy stand outfitted with Tungsten lights that is available to Pratt faculty, staff, and students with a validated ID card with their own camera. Cameras may also be borrowed from the Equipment Loan Office on the Lower Level of the Brooklyn Library. The copy stand measures approximately 18 by 24 inches. The copy stand is available by appointment only from 9AM to 5PM. Please call the VRC at 718-636-3716 to make an appointment, or email email@example.com.
Patrons using the scanning equipment in the VRC are expected to abide by the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material, and are responsible for any infringement.