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Architectural Science Guide to Library Resources: Drawings, Images & Videos

Library Collections

Canadian Architect Magazine Image Collection

The archive contains thousands of negatives, transparencies and photographs taken for publication in Canadian Architect magazine such as public/pririvate structures, including churches, homes, businesses, airports, government offices and public spaces. 

Special Collections has begun to digitize the collection and will make these images available online in a password-protected database. Faculty, staff, and students at Ryerson University can request a password from Special Collections to use the FADIS digital image database

RULA Maps

The RULArch project is a collaboration between the Ryerson University Library & Archives, Department of Architectural Science, and the School of Interior Design. It showcases the architectural, and historical relevance through information and photos of various buildings.

Ryerson Campus Information Request Form  

For Campus information such as floorplans, please email Campus Facilities

DVDs

The Library collection includes videos, films, and audio recordings related to architecture. AV materials are located on the 5th floor, and are listed in the Library Catalogue.

Use keyword to find your topic. Example: architecture and videorecording

Kanopy (Architecture Streaming Video)

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides students and faculty access to a large collection of films.

OnArchitecture (Architecture Streaming Video)

OnArchitecturee is an online audiovisual service providing a synthetic, deep and detailed panorama of the world's main authors, works and experiences related to the field of architecture.

Curio (Architecture Videos)

Curio.ca is CBC and Radio-Canada’s online subscriber-based streaming service developed expressly for Universities.

Search for Streaming Video

Free Web Access

Canadian Architectural Archives

The Image Bank provides an image repository containing 10,000 photographs of the Canadian built environment. It also contains educational resources related to Canadian architecture and architectural photography.

Virtual Reference Library (TPL)

Explore Ontario, present, past and future, through historic photographs, maps, digitized books, videos, and blog posts.

GeoSpatial Datasets: Toronto

Download property data, building height, zoning shape files, contours and aerial photography.

RIBApix

Offers images from collections of the Royal Institute of British Architect's British Architectural Library. The database includes world architecture with related subjects such as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction and the decorative arts. 

Wikiarquitectura

More than 1,207 Buildings and 58 Projects from 1,123 Architects in 88 Countries around the World

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)

Classic Buildings includes 100 iconic buildings from each state included in SAH Archipedia. The building histories are supplemented by the same sets of photographs and interactive maps that are in the subscription version.

Luna Commons Collection

Provides access to thousands of high resolution digital images from various institutions to download. Users can also create their own image groups, presentations, and upload their own images.

Monoskop

Monoskop is a wiki for collaborative studies of art, media and the humanities. 

Great Buildings Collection

Presents 1,000 classics of world architecture and features photographic images and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more.

Google Art Project

"A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail." Partners include, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Frick Collection, NYC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC , MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Tate Britain, London and Palace of Versailles, France.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, preserves, organizes, and disseminates images documenting the rich history of the Museum, its collection, exhibitions, events, people, and activities. Many of these images are available to be licensed for study, editorial, and commercial usage.

Smithsonian

The SIRIS Image Gallery contains a sampling of visual records that are part of the Collections Search Center. The Image Gallery includes over 530,000 electronic images from several archival repositories and museums at the Smithsonian. 

VADS

VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.