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AMICO Press Release: The AMICO Library™ – Now Available Through Multiple Distributors

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For Immediate Release: February 21, 2002
AMICO Headquarters

To meet the needs of many different kinds of users, including researchers, curators, college and university students, primary school teachers and public library patrons, The AMICO Library™ is now available through a number of Distributors. Subscribers chose among Distributors’ delivery services and software to find a delivery environment that suits them.

RLG, Inc., a non-profit research collections corporation, has provided access to The AMICO Library since July 1999 through the RLG EurekaŠ interface also used to deliver many other art-related resources. In addition, institutions may now obtain subscriptions to The AMICO Library from:

H.W. Wilson, the publisher of Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature and many other popular journals, offers The AMICO Library as part of its WilsonWeb service which features a variety of resources of particular interest to schools and public libraries. Subscribers to The AMICO Library and other WilsonWeb databases will be able to search simultaneously across these resource.

SCRAN is a Scottish not-for-profit online educational resource service offering access to 1,000,000 items from museums, galleries, archives and the media. It contains images, sounds, movies and text and is licensed to UK schools, colleges and universities. It is integrating The AMICO Library into the software and content models it has developed for UK formal education and lifelong learning.

VTLS offers subscription access to The AMICO Library through a specially configured Chameleon iPortal web interface. Through this flexible and user-friendly interface, students, instructors, librarians, and historians of art and culture can locate images by keyword, title, creator, date, museum, subject, format, and other approaches. The interface is integrated with the VTLS Hi-Res Image Navigator to provide the user with the ability to access detailed imagery in a variety of magnification sizes that they specify.Ü Institutional subscribers using Z39.50 compliant integrated library systems will have the additional capability to configure access to The AMICO Library among their broadcast or aggregate search options.

Subscribers in Ohio will see The AMICO Library integrated into the OhioLINK Digital Media Center Art and Architecture Database. At all UM campuses, you can find The AMICO Library along with many other collections offered by the University of Michigan Digital Library Image Services.


The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is an independent non-profit corporation with 501 (c) 3 designation from the IRS.Ü Founded in 1997, the Consortium today is made up of over 35 major museums in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.Ü It’s an innovative collaboration – not seen before in museums – that shares, shapes, and standardizes digital information regarding museum collections and enables its educational use.Ü Membership is open to any institution with a collection of art.

Together AMICO Members build The AMICO Library, a compilation of multimedia documentation of works in their collections made available to universities, colleges, schools, and public libraries.Ü The 2001-2002 edition of The AMICO Library documents approximately 78,000 different works of art, from prehistoric goddess figures to contemporary installations.Ü More than simply an image database, works in The AMICO Library are fully documented and may also include curatorial text about the artwork, detailed provenance information, multiple views of the work itself, and other related multimedia.Ü “Subscribers find The AMICO Library valuable because it combines the immediacy and accessibility of the Web with the persistence and academic weight of traditional library reference sources,” states Ms. Trant.

The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to institutional subscribers including universities, colleges, libraries, schools, and museums, and now serves over 3 million users on four continents, including faculty, students, teachers, staff, and researchers.Ü Educational institutions may subscribe to The AMICO Library by contacting one of its distributors.Ü These include RLG, Inc., SCRAN, H.W. Wilson, and VTLS.Ü Custom-created deliveries exist for members of Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) and the University of Michigan system.Ü A subscription to The AMICO Library provides a license to use works for a broad range of educational purposes.Ü Potential subscribers may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of the AMICO Library and get further information at

Contact Information:

Jennifer Trant

Current List of AMICO Members:

  1. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  2. Art Gallery of Ontario
  3. The Art Institute of Chicago
  4. Asia Society Gallery
  5. Center for Creative Photography
  6. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
  7. The Cleveland Museum of Art
  8. Dallas Museum of Art
  9. Davis Museum & Cultural Center, Wellesley College
  10. Denver Art Museum
  11. The Detroit Institute of Arts
  12. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  13. The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library
  14. George Eastman House
  15. J. Paul Getty Museum
  16. The Library of Congress
  17. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  18. Louisiana State Museum
  19. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  20. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  21. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  22. Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
  23. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  24. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  25. National Gallery of Canada
  26. National Museums of Scotland
  27. The Newark Museum
  28. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  29. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  30. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  31. Smithsonian American Art Museum
  32. Terra Museum of American Art
  33. Victoria & Albert Museum
  34. Walker Art Center
  35. The Walters Art Museum
  36. Whitney Museum of American Art


In June of 2005, the members of the Art Museum Image Consortium voted to dissolve their collaboration. This site remains online for archival reasons.