The Library offers access to several specialised online databases. Some of these are only accessible from the computers in the Reading Room.
Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 —
Databases specialised in art. They reference articles published in international journals since 1929, and offer full-text articles from many publications published after 1984. Query language: English. Access in the Reading Room.
Contemporary Culture Index—
It indexes international magazines and journals in the fields of architecture, art, film, cultural studies, design, literature, music, philosophy, photography and social sciences. Query language: English. Free access, registration required.
This is a database of abstracts and a multidisciplinary bibliographic alert service that focuses mainly on content from Spain and Latin America. It the full text of magazines and is open access through the Internet. It is multilingual.
It includes full text articles from academic journals in the fields of humanities and the social sciences. Query language: English. Access in the Reading Room.
The Library houses an extensive collection of magazines and journals that have been selected for their quality and relevance, and because of their potential to offer an overview of artistic activity through different geographic and thematic areas. The collection is extremely diverse in its content and format, covering: artistic research, photography, performance, restoration, gender studies, the history of exhibitions, sound art, literary fiction, etc.
The approximately 1,900 titles available include 250 magazines and fanzines that the Library holds active subscriptions to, which are published by universities, museums, publishing houses, collectives and independent artists. The remaining historical holdings are also constantly growing thanks to donations from individuals and acquisitions by the MACBA Study Centre, which are designed to complete the holdings with particularly important titles.
To find out the magazines and journals that we currently subscribe to, download the subscription list or query the Library catalogue.
Publications Exchange Program
The MACBA Study Centre has a highly active publications exchange program, which includes institutions and independent entities from around the world. To learn more about the scope of this programme, and to get an idea of the extent to which it enhances the Library’s holdings, we’ll soon provide a map showing the geographic distribution of the centres with which we regularly exchange material. Aside from numerous official institutions specialised in contemporary artistic practices, this map will include a number of centres that are self-managed by artists and other collectives working in the field of artistic research, whose publications usually circulate outside of mainstream commercial channels.
Library. Reading Room
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Bank holidays, closed
On December 24:
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From December 25 to January 1, closed
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