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Digital Image Services & Visual Collections

Located in Rotch Library (7-238), hours by appointment.

The Digital Image Services and Visual Collections unit of the MIT Libraries supports interdisciplinary image use in teaching, learning, and research by providing the following services and resources and to faculty and students:


Plans for Stekhovan House

Santos, Adèle Naudé and Santos, Antonio de Souza, Stekhovan House, Cape Town, South Africa, 1973

  • Image resources in Dome (MIT Libraries’ repository of high quality images available to the MIT community to download for teaching and research), including new image purchases and licensing agreements and digitizing images from analog legacy sources
  • Image research and reference
  • Assistance using images legally and responsibly
  • Individual and group instruction on visual literacy and on search, retrieval, and evaluation of images in all formats
  • Assistance with image presentation tools and technologies
  • Guidance for citing images in papers, presentations, and websites
  • Support to faculty and students requesting the acquisition or reformatting of images, in keeping with collection policies


The Visual Collections of the MIT Libraries is a growing resource of images acquired for teaching, research, and scholarship in primarily digital formats.  The collections focus on a wide range of subject areas and topics, including art, architecture, urban studies, regional and city planning, Boston urban history, anthropology, archaeology, documentary photography, and media studies.

Highlights of the collection:

For other image resources see the Finding Images Guide.

See also: Aga Khan Visual Archive – 100,000+ slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism and the built environment in the Islamic world.