The Gnomon Library & Learning Resource Center is a place for inquiry, inspiration and innovation. We provide resources and materials that support the educational, professional, and personal information needs of our students, faculty and staff.

The Library collection is growing and includes course-related and professional resources such as books, access to online databases, trade industry magazines and newspapers all collected to reflect the diversity and richness of art, design and digital production courses offered by the college.

Library Resources

  • Search The Online Catalog Use the online catalog to search for books, ebooks, and films! Enter your search terms in the search bar to get started. If you have questions or need help searching for materials, contact your Gnomon Librarian at

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are materials made available by an instructor at the Gnomon Library. Items on reserve for a class may include one or more of the following: books, textbooks, films, magazine or journal articles, book chapters, and class handouts. See your instructor for details.


The Library does not purchase required textbook titles for the collections.  If department or faculty copies are available, these may be placed on Course Reserves in the Library as faculty copies.

Online Resources

The Gnomon Library subscribes to select online databases to provide credible and authoritative information. While on-campus, just click the link of the database you want to explore to get started. To access any of these databases from home, please speak with your instructor or contact the librarian for login instructions at Thank you!

  • ARTstor ARTstor is a multidisciplinary database that includes images and content for art, architecture, graphic arts, textiles, artifacts, and maps. On-campus access does not require a username or password; however it is strongly recommended that you create a personal account using your Gnomon email address to download, save, print or access images from off-campus.
  • Bodies in Motion A great resource for high-resolution images of the human body in various stages of motion. Also includes 3D scans, facial expressions, and more. Please contact the library for login instructions. 
  • Credo Reference is a digital reference library containing a variety of reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias and more. There are also subject-specific collections for arts, anatomy, visual communication and more. Click the link to access the site while on-campus. If you would like to access the site while off-campus, please contact the librarian at for login instructions.

Evaluating Sources Using P.R.O.V.E.N

P.R.O.V.E.N is a list of questions to help you “think critically while you evaluate information from the sources you find.”

Citation Guides

Check out these online citation guides to learn more about how to credit sources, what sources need to be cited, and the format for each citation type.

  • EasyBib: Find lots of great resources to help make your research paper awesome, including tips on writing a research paper, topics, and a citation generator.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab: The OWL resources help writers learn how to use the MLA (Modern Language Association) citation and format style. Find resources on in-text citation and the Works Cited page, as well as MLA sample papers.

The Gnomon Workshop

Full-time program students may access the Gnomon Workshop library of over 300 instructional videos featuring experts from the visual effects industries. Students can review tutorials covering “design, drawing, painting, modeling, texturing, rigging effects, and animation” among others.

If you are a full-time program student or have questions regarding the Gnomon Workshop, please contact the Learning Resources team at

Production Equipment

Check out production equipment including digital cameras, lighting rigs, grip material and more. For questions or to reserve items, contact the Systems Engineers for more information at

Industry-related Resources

Browse art and image websites, as well as sites linking to open access scholarly articles, career, and professional association information. All resources are available without login or other account registration requirements.

Art & Design Industry Sites

3DTotal offers lots of great content (e.g., news, galleries, etc.) in addition to FREE tutorials on programs like ZBrush, Maya, NUKE and more.

Anatomical Plates
This collection features approximately 4500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy selected from the Jason A. Hannah and Academy of Medicine collections in the history of medicine at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Each illustration has been fully indexed using medical subject headings (MeSH), and techniques of illustration, artists, and engravers have been identified whenever possible. There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867. The images in the online collection are derived from works in the public domain. The images may be used for the purposes of research, private study, or general interest.

The Art Story
"A site dedicated to bringing the “history of modern art to the public in a fresh and dynamic way.”

Copyright Research Guide
From the Getty Research Institute, the site is Intended to provide users with helpful resources for determining copyright status and obtaining permission to publish copyrighted materials.

GDC (Game Developers Conference) YouTube Channel
Find “in-depth talks, inspirational lectures and more from experts” presenting at the annual GDC, the “largest professional game industry event.”

Getty Research Portal
Free access to an extensive collection of digitized art history texts from a range of institutions. This multilingual and multicultural union catalog affords art historians and other researchers the ability to search and download complete digital copies of publications devoted to art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.

Google Arts & Culture
Google's "collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

Nasa Content & Images
NASA content - images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format - generally are not copyrighted.

New York Public Library Digital Collections
Provides access to over 700,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. 

Pikwizard offers thousands of high quality images that you can download and re-use for free. They also provide clear guidance on how you can (legally) use each picture that you find on the site.

A repository for public domain pictures that includes free vectors, free drawings and free photos. You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author.

Prelinger Archives
In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002.

Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 376 billion archived web pages. Featured content includes access to vintage feature-length films, a Moving Image Archive, stock footage clips and more.

The Metropolitan Museum's Timeline of Art History
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum's collection made possible by the Heilbrunn Foundation, New Tamarind Foundation, and Zodiac Fund.

Open Education Resources

Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media
Offers a "discussion of all aspects of film and screen media history, theory and criticism through multiple research methodologies and perspectives."

Art Journal Open
“Present artists’ projects, scholarly essays, conversations and interviews, notes from the field, artifacts of materials and process, and news items.”

CINEJ Cinema Journal
"CINEJ Cinema Journal is committed to publishing fresh and original research in the fields of film and media studies."

Digital Culture & Education
Offers articles that discuss "the impact of digital culture on identity, education, art, society, culture and narrative within social, political, economic, cultural and historical contexts."

Digital Humanities Quarterly
Covers "all aspects of digital media in the humanities."

Game Studies
"The International Journal of Computer Game Research: “Explores the rich cultural genre of games and offers a peer-reviewed forum for ongoing discussions on games and gaming.”

Image and Narrative: Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative
"A peer-reviewed e-journal on visual narratology and word and image studies in the broadest sense of the term."

JSTOR Open Content
Offers “a growing list of freely available ebooks and journals published by university publishers for anyone to use.”

Media and Communication
Is "dedicated to a wide variety of basic and applied research in communication and its related fields."

Met Publications
Provides access to “five decades of Met publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for FREE.”

Professional Organizations

The Animation Guild
In addition to providing representation for animation and visual effects artists, members can register for a variety of classes and attend special events.

"An international community of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques."

International Game Developers Association
A community with a playful and fun culture, in an industry based on creating stimulating experiences for others. Games engage and entertain. Fun is in our DNA and we embrace that.

The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA)
ASIFA promotes and encourages the art and craft of animation. Members attend free screenings, lectures, workshops, and more.

The CGSociety
"Supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote digital artists worldwide."

Visual Effects Society
"A global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers."

Women in Animation
WIA is the only organization dedicated to advancing women in the field of animation. We envision a world where women share equally in the creation, production and rewards of animation, and we provide resources and connections to make it happen.

Instructor Recommendations

Causes of Color
Explore the three identified causes of color.

HDRI Haven
100% free HDRIs, available to everyone with no account or sign-up required.

Living Lines Library
Find examples of production drawings, model sheets and more.

Line of Action
Find guidance on drawing among this collaborative artist group.

Simplifying Perspective: A Step-by-Step Guide for Visual Artists
Breaks down the principles of perspective in easy-to-understand terms.

Systems Engineers

Find help with technology, checkout equipment or troubleshooting issues. Systems Engineers are available during all hours that the Gnomon campus is open.

Research Help

The Librarian is available to help students and faculty with questions regarding research strategies or need help identifying resources for course assignments. Contact the librarian at

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