Department of Art & Art History,
University of California at Davis


The Visual Resources Facility (VRF) is a multi-use facility consisting of an image collection and computer lab providing image resources for teaching and research for the Department of Art &Art History at the University of California at Davis. Its purpose is to facilitate instruction and learning through access to a comprehensive collection of visual materials from Prehistoric to Contemporary periods. The VRF maintains a policy of open access to the collection by any current member of the faculty, staff and student body with priority given to Department patrons.

The VRF image collections consist of a continually growing collection of digital images and a collection of 35mm slides. We also have videos, DVDs, periodicals, art and art history reference materials and an archive of the Art History Program's MA Theses. Developed and administered by the Art Studio and Art History programs, the VRF staff manage image production and preservation, provide collection orientation and circulation, and offer reference and research support and training. VRF staff strive to facilitate access to the collection, as well as supplement the collection with new materials when possible. For scanning requests, please submit a Scanning Request Form or PDF Request Form and the materials to be scanned to VRF staff or speak directly with the VRF librarians.

VRF Staff can provide individual and group assistance with access to the VRF's Image Database, ARTstor and other campus licensed image and research tools; support and training for image scanning and image presentation software; advice on image storage and production;and training and support of VRF AV equipment training and support. Please call or email with reference questions. We can provide other assistance on request.

VRF Staff are always available to help:
Leah Theis, Librarian:
Lisa Zdybel, Assistant Librarian:

Phone (530) 752-3138

Location 163/165 Everson

Hours Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday by appointment

VRF blog CROPPED The latest news and tips on images, art and instructional digital technology @

VRF Image Database Our online catalog for access to digital images, videos and MA theses. Password and registration required for access from home. Please contact the VRF staff for assistance.

Resources at the VRF The VRF is connected to the campus wireless network (moobilenet) (for instruction on how to access campus wireless please visit the Campus Wireless Network Services site).
We also provide circulating and non-circulating equipment to students and faculty.
Lab resources (non-circulating)


· 3 PCs, 1 Mac, 2 large format Epson 10000XL flatbed scanners, 2 standard sized (8 x 12 inch) Epson flatbed scanners (with transparency adaptors)


· each station has Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Luna Insight and ARTstor Offline Viewer


· 1 TV monitor with DVD / VHS player

Circulating resources (for instruction and presentation use or by permission)

· 3 data projectors, 2 PC laptops, 2 MAC laptops, 1 DVD / VHS player


· dual monitor equipment (VTBook cards, 3 Matrox boxes (faculty and TA use only)


· 1 Nikon D50 digital camera


· VGA adaptors, VGA cables, flash drives, ethernet cables, extension cords

· slide projectors and carousels


updated 10.21.10. Problems or comments? email