Welcome to the Visual Resources Library!

Mission Statement

Macalester College’s Visual Resources Library (VRL) serves, supports, and enhances the research and visual literacy scholarship of students, staff, and faculty. The VRL aims to use its resources to promote visual literacy and educational growth by helping students develop the ability to understand, appreciate, and interpret visible actions, objects, and symbols as information. These aims coincide with Macalester’s mission, which expects students “to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world.”


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!