The Library and Archives is available by appointment to external scholars with a clear and relevant research purpose.


The Library and Archives is open by appointment from 9 am–4 pm Monday through Thursday.

The Library and Archives staff also provides reference assistance via email.

The Library and Archives is closed to the public August 1 through Labor Day and from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. During these closure periods, we will not consider any appointment requests, nor will we be able to provide any reference assistance. Please submit your requests after the MCA Library has reopened.


To make an appointment or to submit a reference request, please contact us at

Please specify your research question, what kinds of materials you are seeking, and your research purpose (thesis, exhibition, lecture, etc.).

For requests pertaining to images, including exhibition installation shots and photographs of permanent collection works, please see Rights and Images.