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Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture: MOT Library (図書館)


General Information

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Art Library
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022
Email: (Please replace # with @)
Monday, New Years Holidays (12/28-1/4), Inventory period


About the Library:

Mot Art Library holds library materials related to modern and contemporary art.  They include books, exhibition catalogs and periodicals.  The library is used as a reference library and open to the public.

TMFHC Cultural Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection size:

  • Art related books: 50,000 volumes
    • Japanese:  41,000 volumes
    • Non-Japanese: 9,000 volumes
  • Periodicals:
    • Japanese: 3,100 titles
    • Non-Japanese: 270 titles
    • Almanacs: 220 titles
  • Exhibition Catalogs: 53,000 items
    • Japanese: 46,000 items
    • Non-Japanese: 7,000 items
  • Microfilm materials:
    • Microfilm 63 titles
    • Microfiche 8,458 sheets
  • Art related articles Newspaper Clippings since 1986

Focus: Books and Magazines (Japanese, Chinese, Western): Arts and Crafts, History of the East Asia, includinbg exhibition catalogs and archaeological reports, Photographs: images of the East Asian arts and crafts, Archaeological Objects

Notable Collection(s):

  • Catalogue Raisonne
  • Prewar art magazines
  • 創作版画誌: Magazines about Creative Print which were published in early 20th Century.
  • Yanase Masamu bunko (柳瀬文庫): Book Designs, Illustrations, Diary, His Book Collection, Catalogs, Magazines, etc
  • Nakamura Hiroshi bunko (中村文庫): Related Documents, His Book Collection, Catalogs, Magazines, etc

Related Link(s)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

There is no restrictions for viewing materials at the open stack.l


  • Copy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Service Hours: 10:00-17:00
  • Self-service, however for printing large materials or photographic images, please ask staff.
  • Copy Fee:
    • Black: 30 yen
    • Color: 100 yen
  • Microfilm materials can be copied (30 yen, black and white).
  • Some information material cannot be copied because of its physical condition.

Accessing Closed Stack

  • Please submit Shiryō Seikyuhyō (資料請求票)  at Shiryō Sōdan Counter (資料相談カウンター).
  • Service Hours: 10:00-17:00
  • Up to 5 inquiries

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