Musée Media Centre
Canada’s largest contemporary art library
Established in 1965, the Musée’s Media Centre boasts Canada’s largest documentary collection devoted exclusively to contemporary art, and is an ideal place for research and consultation in this field.
One of the Media Centre’s goals is to stimulate the study and knowledge of contemporary art, both nationally and internationally. It also aims to offer researchers and the public at large an extensive, diverse, up-to-date body of documentary material. Every effort is made to provide efficient reference service and cutting-edge research tools.
In recent years, the Media Centre has stepped up its efforts to publicize and facilitate research using the museum’s documentary archives. With this in mind, we have built up a digital library that now comprises more than 20,000 archival documents. We have also begun developing a research system consisting of a powerful search engine and three databases. The first database provides detailed information on more than 4,500 artists; the other two, currently in production, contain descriptive entries on 2,700 exhibitions, symposiums and other cultural, educational and promotional events hosted by the Musée, and data on all of its documentary archives (exhibition views, exhibition catalogues, promotional material, audiovisual recordings, etc.), whether digitized or not.
In 2008, the Eaton Lounge, just in front of the Media Centre, was inaugurated as a new reading room. It is designed to present theme-based selections of works inspired by current practices, trends and issues in contemporary art. It will offer an expanded program of documentary videos and introduce the public to major reference works and to publishers specializing in contemporary art.
- Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tel.: 514 847-6906