MCA Chicago Library and Archives is a noncirculating, appointment-only research library focused on contemporary art, with an emphasis on the MCA’s history and programming.

The Library and Archives’ holdings are divided into two broad categories: the Archives and the Main Collection.

The Archives consist of primary documents created by the MCA and directly related to the museum’s programming. These items include but are not limited to correspondence, ephemera, publications, video recordings, and images. Archival collections include the MCA Exhibition Records, the MCA Publication Archive, and the MCA Historical Records.

The Main Collection consists of monographs, exhibition catalogues, and periodicals focused on contemporary art and related topics.

The Main Collection is searchable through the online catalogue: