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.
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 email@example.com
Library Opening Hours
Monday 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 12 – 4pm (every 2nd Saturday, please ring ahead)
Sunday 11am – 4pm
*All times are subject to change. Please call ahead if you would like to visit the library.
The MCA Library for Kids
Join us on the last Wednesday 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.
FREE, bookings essential
The Library is unable to accept donations of books, magazines, etc. due to storage limitations
Until Sunday 15 January (Open library hours)
MCA Library, Level 2
This display features an array of archival materials which highlight some of the exhibitions and artists across the MCA’s 25-year-history. In the early 1990s the MCA pioneered new approaches to exhibitions as well as working with Aboriginal artists. Exhibitions like Humpty Dumpty’s Kaleidoscope: a new generation of German artists (1992) as well as the MCA’s unique cultural agreement with the people of Maningrida placed the organisation at the forefront of art museum practice in Australia.
Living artists and their work are central to everything the MCA does. Photographs, newspaper cuttings and other ephemera tell the story of Australian artist Mikala Dwyer’s longstanding connection to the MCA. This is but one example of the many relationships that have formed with artists over the last 25 years.
Also on display are items from the MCA’s opening in November 1991.