Visual Resource Center


The Visual Resource Center (VRC) in the School of Art and Design is a multifunction research source open to all Northern Illinois University students. The VRC features: 

  • Undergraduate Art Computer Lab with Macintosh and Windows computers running Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office software
  • Faculty/graduate student lab with Macintoshes running Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, content creation software for video editing and Xcode-based programming
  • Self-help creation center
  • 600+ DVD circulating library
  • NIU Digital Image Library with over 40,000 art images from pre-historic to contemporary (call for login and password to the public).

NIU Digital Art Library  (login needed) 

Room: Jack Arends Building (Art Building) 217 
Phone: 815-753-7857 

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Closed Saturday and Sunday