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About IAP
Contributing to IAP
Current IAP contributors
Accessing IAP images
Searching for IAP images
Downloading IAP images
Questions about IAP

About IAP

The Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge. The IAP program was initiated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007 to help address the challenges of scholarly publishing in the digital age by providing free images for academic publications through an automated Web-based service. IAP was an optional service to all museums who wished to foster scholarly publications. This service is intended for individual scholars who are working on a particular book, article, or website that meets criteria established by the museum contributors. All IAP contributors also contributed images to the Artstor Digital Library, which makes images available exclusively for teaching and educational use, not publication.

Contributing to IAP

Museums who contribute image collections to the Artstor Digital Library are also welcome to contribute images to the IAP program. Beginning in March 2011, the IAP program will only be open to museums wishing to make available photographs of their permanent collections. For image guidelines, or other questions regarding contribution to the IAP program, please email collections@artstor.org.

IAP currently makes available images from:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Brooklyn Museum Costumes
  • Mellink Archive of Bryn Mawr College
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Getty Research Institute: Photo Archives
  • Getty Research Institute: Study of Photographs of Tapestries
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Northwestern University Library: Ramon Casas sketchbooks
  • Princeton University Art Museum
  • The Walters Art Museum
  • Yale University Art Gallery


IAP for current subscribers to Artstor
1. Go to library.artstor.org
3. Use the Keyword Search and simply add IAP to your search criteria.
IAP for nonsubscribers – Get access to IAP images:
To receive access to IAP for a period of 120 days, users of this service are asked to provide their name, title and academic affiliation (if any), email address, and bibliographic citation for the publication.

Please note: There is a cap of 10 images for IAP downloading per month

Searching for IAP images
Please note: You must already have been given an IAP account or be affiliated with a subscribing institution.

  1. Go to library.artstor.org.
  2. Login with your username and password
  3. Use the Keyword Search and add IAP to your search criteria. IAP images will be indicated by this icon iconIAP beneath the thumbnail
  4.  Click the center of the thumbnail to be brought to the detail page. At the bottom of the metadata panel on the right, click Request IAP.
  5. Complete the form on the IAP request page, review the IAP Terms and Conditions of Use, click Submit at the bottom of the page.
  6. Our Content team will be in touch by email, regarding your request.

Downloading IAP images

  1. Click the center of the thumbnail to be brought to the detail page. At the bottom of the metadata panel on the right, click Request IAP.
  2. Complete the form on the IAP request page, review the IAP Terms and Conditions of Use, click Submit at the bottom of the page.
  3. Our Content team will be in touch by email, regarding your request.

Questions about IAP
To register for access to IAP, scholars can contact iap@artstor.org.

For questions about the IAP service and related policies, please send an email to iap@artstor.org.

For technical questions related to downloading IAP images, please contact Artstor User Services at (877) 771-4908 or userservices@artstor.org.