Welcome to the Visual Resources Library!

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Visual Resources Library (VRL) is to serve, support, and enhance the research and visual literacy scholarship of the students, staff, and faculty of Macalester College. The VRL aims to use its resources to promote visual literacy as it relates to education, growth, and pedagogical change while coinciding with the values, goals, and mission of Macalester College.


The VRL holds a variety of slides for research and maintains a small library of books and videos on art and art history.  The VRL also holds digital equipment for use in classes and lectures.  We provide a variety of services and resources including:

Services Resources
  • 26,268 Digital Records in CONTENTdm
  • Two Flatbed Scanners
  • Two Large-screen Macintosh Computers with the Adobe Suite
  • Macintosh Laptop
  • Digital Camera with Tripod
  • Collections:
    • 35mm Slide Collection
    • Mounted Study Print Collection
  • Small Library Collection
  • VHS Tapes

Please stop in anytime during VRL hours for assistance with papers or projects. Our staff will be happy to help you!