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Picture and Image Resources

A guide to picture and image resources available through the University Libraries.

Paper of Microfiche Pictures

Pictures may also be found in paper books and magazines.  Photocopying (in color or black-and-white) and larger flat-bed scanners may be found at many University Libraries locations.


In The CAT, on the Advanced Search screen, you can limit your search to illustrated books two different ways:

Type your search terms in the first box. In a box labeled “LC Subject Heading” type “pictorial works.” (This is a standard heading that is used for some books when they are primarily composed of illustrations or photos.)

For a broader search, type your search term(s) in the first box. In another box labeled “Keyword” type “ill or illus.” These are two standard abbreviations (for “illustrations”) that are used in the catalog.

Other Options:

  • Indexes to Illustrations: A more precise method, but with several more steps, is to use an index to illustrations. These are special books that list the specific illustrations in other books. Most focus on art work or portraits.  

  • Microfilm Sets: The Penn State Libraries have some large pictorial microfilm sets that contain thousands of pictures. 

For help finding and using the above resources: