Art Library

The National Art Center collects books, magazines, journals, exhibition catalogs, and other materials related to the arts. We have two libraries at the National Art Center: the Art Library, located on the third floor of the Main Building, and the Art Library Annex, located on the first floor of the Annex. If you are not certain where the materials you are looking for are located, please ask the counter staff at the Art Library. Our materials are made available to everyone free of charge for on-site reading.


The following materials are available.

Art Library (Main Building 3F)
  • Exhibition catalogs published after 1946
  • Books and magazines in the fields of modern and contemporary art published after 1946
  • Books and magazines in the fields of contemporary art-related topics (architecture, new media art, photography, design)
  • Newsletters from art and other museums (materials from the last two years are available; back numbers can be accessed in the Art Library Annex)
  • Collection catalogs
  • Art reference books
Art Library Annex (Annex 1F)
  • Exhibition catalogs published prior to 1945
  • Books and magazines in the fields of modern and contemporary art published prior to 1945
  • Books in the fields of art and books from related fields
  • Discontinued magazines and journals
  • Newsletters, annual reports, and bulletins from other museums (back numbers)
  • Microfilms, Microfiches
  • Materials on Our “Artist File” Exhibitions
  • Fragile or valuable materials (by advance appointment only)
Please note that some materials require advance appointment.



  • Please do not:
    • Remove our materials
    • Use cell phones or cameras
    • Eat, drink, smoke, or disturb other users
  • We are not able to answer questions about our materials via telephone.
  • We are unable to accept bills larger than 1,000 yen for photocopying fees, and we cannot change larger bills.
  • When you use your PC, please inform the counter staff.
  • You do not use any writing implements other than pencils in the library.
  • Please refrain from using the library for any purpose other than reading of materials from our collection.
  • You will be required to pay compensation when you lose or damage of library materials.
  • In case of an emergency, please follow the directions of the counter staff.

(The following rules apply only to the Art Library Annex)

  • Please fill in the user’s list when you enter the reading room.
  • You may bring in only necessities such as pencils, erasers, and notebooks. Please store your baggage in the lockers.
  • We provide bags for carrying your valuables while in the reading room.