Image Collections and GIS


Resource Centre, Room 1107, Medjuck Building


Digital Image Collection

The Faculty is contributing to an internet collection of digital images (FADIS) in collaboration with several other Canadian universities. To enter this database, please see the assistant in the Resource Centre to ask for the password [currently unavailable]. These images may be downloaded for academic use.

Slide Images

Students may use the Architecture and Planning slide collection (approximately 25,000 images). Many of them have been digitized and are accessible through FADIS. To search the complete database of images, go to ImagesArchPlan [currently unavailable].


ARTstor offers over a million high quality digital images in art, architecture, and archaeology that can be downloaded for academic use. If you access ARTstor from a Dalhousie computer, you will have access to its full features. If you register your laptop with Dalhousie (by the Sexton Help Desk), ARTstor will recognize you as a Dalhousie user and give you full features for six months after you register for an ARTstor account. To register for an account, go to ARTstor and click on Enter Here. After you have registered, log in each time you visit. Note: ARTstor is not compatible with Google's Chrome web browser.

Other Image Sources

The Sexton Library provides links to other image sources: freely available online collections (including the Great Buildings Collection), collections created by Dalhousie University, and paid-subscription image databases.

GIS Spatial Data

ArcGIS geospatial data sets for Halifax Regional Municipality and other locations in Nova Scotia are available through the university's GIS Centre. Industry-standard software includes ESRI ArcGIS 9.1 (ArcInfo version) and AutoCAD, available on all lab computers running Windows operating systems. Mac users typically request data conversion to CAD format for use in applications such as VectorWorks, Illustrator, and SketchUp.