Visual resources

Slide Collection in Arabia Campus Library / Photo: Matti Yrjölä

Online visual resources

Information on a variety of image databases and online visual resources are presented in the Visual Resources Centre libguide and the Aalto-Finna Portal. These include image databases both licensed for Aalto University staff and students, and open digital collections provided by cultural heritage institutions and commercial image services.

Aalto University's visual collections

Raami image database

Visual collections generated from the activities of Aalto University and its predecessors are being digitised and catalogued into the Raami image database developed and maintained by Aalto University Learning Centre VRC-service and Archive Services. The database is usable on Aalto University Learning Centre VRC and Archive Services premises.

The collections contain original illustrations and drawings by students from early 20th century onwards. The objects include architectural and technical drawings, textile, fashion, furniture and interior design drawings, graphic design and typography, ornament and decorative paintings as well as a collection of documentary photography of the University's activities, people and premises.

See also: Aalto University Archive visual collections and digitisation


Aalto University Commons on Flickr

Aalto University has joined Flickr Commons to encourage wider public access and use of our open digital collections. The images are free to use, and we also invite the public to help us enhance our existing descriptions. The images belong to Aalto University archive or Learning Centre collections.

All images are marked with “No known copyright restrictions”. This indicates that we are unaware of any copyright restrictions on the material, either because the copyright has expired, Aalto University owns the copyright and has chosen to waiver it, or because no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply. Aalto University cannot warrant that the use of the images on Flickr Commons will not infringe upon the rights of unknown copyright holders. Please contact us if you have information about rights holders that we are unaware of.

When reusing the images, please include an attribution to the photographer or author if known, and make reference to Aalto University. You can help others explore our collections by adding a link back to the source image on Flickr Commons.

Aalto University Commons

For further information: raami [at] aalto [dot] fi


Visual resources at Arabia Campus Library

Arabia Campus Library holds DVDs covering disciplines studied at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The classification of the collection reflects the classification of all material at Arabia Campus Library

The DVD-collection includes educational programs, artist portraits, documentaries and short films. The DVDs can be borrowed for private viewing.

The collections can be searched using the Arsca collection database  ( . You may limit your search in Advanced search to visual material (type) and to the Arabia collection (location), and then adding further search terms.

You may also use the Advcanced search in Arsca. Enter dvd-levyt in the first search box, and combine this with your chosen search term with AND.

e.g.       dvd-levyt     AND          Aalto Alvar

The lending period for visual materials is 2 weeks.

For more information:

Anja Lehtokari anja.lehtokari [at] aalto [dot] fi





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