Library & Archives

The MCA Library provide access to a unique collection of books, catalogues and art journals which reflect the MCA history and exhibitions and share information about Australian and international artists.

The MCA Library is a reference library (items not for loan).
Enquiries are welcomed to MCA Librarian Margaret Gor on +61 2 9245 2453 or

2014 Opening Hours
Monday 10am–2pm
Tuesday 10am–5pm
Wednesday 10am–5pm
Thursday* 12noon–4pm
Friday 10am–4pm

*Every other Thursday 10am – 4pm, please call to confirm.

The library is staffed by the MCA Librarian (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and by a team of trained volunteers (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays).

The MCA Library is dedicated to supporting individual approaches to learning.

Our philosophy
Learning in the visual arts, is a unique process. Individuals may look for information about the image through journal articles, books and catalogues. Or they may be inspired by the image itself and seek information around this personal response. The library supports each learners search through careful listening (the Reference interview), direction to resources and by providing a warm reflective space where these interests may be explored.

The MCA Library for kids
Join us on the last Thursday of every month for Story Time. Cuddle up with a cushion, listen and read along to specially chosen books illustrated and inspired by Australian artists.
Last Thursday of the Month, 10.30–11am
Ages 3–5
FREE, bookings essential

The library is staffed by the MCA Librarian on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, the library is staffed by volunteers. While our volunteers make every effort to honour their commitments to the library, they may be prevented from doing so due to unforeseeable circumstances. We encourage users to ring the library before they visit on the days that the library is staffed by volunteers.