I’m a huge fan of libraries, and I can’t stress enough how much of a resource they can be. That said, not everyone has the same type of library access, which often means students and designers have to pony up for monographs and magazines on top of Adobe’s already hefty software fees. All of that gets pricey fast, so below are links to free digital archives that not only offer access to inspiring work, but books and periodicals that are filled with stuff you don’t always find in a classroom. I’ll try to update this regularly, since getting caught up in a book or falling down a design archive rabbit hole beats the hell out of scrolling social media.

Updated: 11/11/23

Design Archives

Design Magazine Archives

Design + Illustration Books (Out of Print)



Entertainment Design:



Design Fundamentals:

Design History + Collections:


Miscellaneous Books (Out of Print)

Design/Illustration Annuals

Poster Galleries, etc.

Artist Specific Archives

Miscellaneous Collections


Royalty Free Images for Projects