Library & Archives

The MCA Lewis Library and Artist Research Centre provides 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.

Our Philosophy
The MCA Library is dedicated to supporting individual approaches to learning.
Learning in the visual arts, is a unique process. Individuals may look for information about the image through journal articles, books and/or catalogues. 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 is a reference library (items not for loan).

Enquiries are welcomed to the MCA Librarian Margaret Gor on +61 2 9245 2453 or

Opening Hours
Monday – 10am-2pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-1pm
Friday – 10am-3pm
Saturday – 12pm-4pm
Sunday – 11am-4pm

The library is staffed by the MCA Librarian (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) and by a team of trained volunteers.

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, 10.30–11.00am
Ages 3–5
FREE, bookings essential

Opening Hours

Currently operating with reduced hours. Please ring ahead before visiting on 02 9245 2453

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

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.