The Library Council is a group of art and book enthusiasts whose contributions benefit the Museum’s Archives, Library, and Research Collections. Council members support the Museum’s mission to acquire, preserve, and make accessible research collections representing art and cultural history in the 20th and 21st centuries.

As one of the world’s most important resources on modern and contemporary art, MoMA Archives and Library collections are made available to an international community of researchers in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building and online through digital access.

The Library Council regularly publishes a limited-edition artist’s book, which gives artists an opportunity to experiment with the book as an art form. These projects have featured work by Beatriz Milhazes, Vija Celmins and Eliot Weinberger, Gabriel Orozco, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Olafur Eliasson, Doug Aitken, Yun-Fei Ji, Abelardo Morell, Ted Muehling and Oliver Sacks, Ranjani Shettar and Anita Desai, Annette Messager, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, R. H. Quaytman and Susan Howe, Guillermo Kuitca, Charles LeDray, and a collective project called The Valise with original artworks by the artists Johanna Calle, Matías Duville, Maria Laet, Mateo López, Nicolás Paris, Rosângela Rennó, and Christian Vinck Henriquez, responding to a novel by César Aira. The most recent publication is a pop-up book about spiders and their webs by Tomás Saraceno. The last and final book in the series is a hand-embroidered book created by the Brazilian artist Sonia Gomes.

Library Council members are occasionally invited to events ranging from intimate private collection and studio visits to exhibition walk-throughs. As a benefit of membership, Council members may choose to receive the artist’s edition published during their membership year. To discuss the Library Council program and membership, please contact [email protected] or Suzi Villiger, Department Manager, Archives, Library, and Research Collections at [email protected].


Sonia Gomes, Um poema desenhado (A Drawn Poem), 2024
Tomás Saraceno, From Arachnophobia to Arachnophilia, 2022
Charles LeDray, Book Ends, 2018-2020
Johanna Calle, Matías Duville, Maria Laet, Mateo López, Nicolás Paris, Rosângela Rennó, and Christian Vinck Henriquez, The Valise, 2017
Guillermo Kuitca, Pintura sin muros (Painting without Walls), 2016
Susan Howe and R. H. Quaytman, Tom Tit Tot, 2014
Annette Messager, Enveloppe-moi, 2013
Ranjani Shettar, Varsha, 2012
Abelardo Morell, Ted Muehling, and Oliver Sacks, The Island of Rota, Fall 2010
Yun-Fei Ji, The Three Gorges Dam Migration, Fall 2009
Doug Aitken, Write-in Jerry Brown President, 2008
Olafur Eliasson, Your House, 2006
Vija Celmins and Eliot Weinberger, The Stars, 2005
Gabriel Orozco, One Printed Page 1: Gabriel Orozco, 2004
Beatriz Milhazes, Coisa Linda, 2002

For further information please email [email protected] or call (212) 708-9430.

All sales benefit the Library and Archives of The Museum of Modern Art.