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Interior Design Guide to Library Resources

Streaming Films and Videos

Art & Architecture (Films on Demand Online)

This vibrant selection of documentaries, interviews, biographies, and how-to videos spans the visual arts—from architecture, sculpture, painting, and photography to history, theory, criticism, and appreciation—with enough range to suit the needs of both basic and advanced courses.


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

Library Image Subscriptions

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

Ryerson Campus Information Request Form  

For Campus information such as floorplans, please complete the Campus Facilities Request Form

Free Online 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.


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. 

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.


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 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.