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Research Centre

Explore the Research Centre collection up close, whether it is for personal, professional, or academic research.

The Centre

The Research Centre is a vital part of the museum that offers a way for scholars and researchers to access the collections on-site. It houses the archives and library collections of M+, including the M+ Reference Library, the M+ Library Special Collection, the M+ Collection Archives, and the M+ Institutional Archive. Browse the four collections in the catalogues below.

We provide free Wi-Fi, outlets for charging digital devices, lockers for personal belongings, and a scanner.

➔ Contact Us

➔ Plan Your Visit

Visit Us

We are located on L5.

Appointment hours:
Tuesdays to Thursdays: 10:00–17:00 
Closed during public holidays

Admission is free and by appointment only. The centre is open to all registered users who are sixteen years or older. Please request all items in advance of your visit so that we can ensure they are available. For more details on visiting, please read our guidelines.

If you would like to view any of the items from these four collections, please note the reference number and make an appointment using the Visit Request form.


Materials Available On Request

A long cantilevered shelf displays two rows of books. One row lies flat on the shelf while the books in the row behind rest on bookstands. The shelf stretches from the lower half on the viewer's left to the centre at right, against windows offering views of the Hong Kong skyline in the upper half. The horizontal louvres of the windows feature corrugated dark green terracotta panels.

M+ Reference Library

The Reference Library has over 15,000 books, monographs, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and other electronic records and printed ephemera relating to artists and designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

➔ M+ Reference Library

View of works in a gallery. In the foreground, a colourful T-shirt and magazines are installed vertically in a clear rack, which stands on a table with a recessed display screen. Two framed works hang on the walls in the background.

M+ Library Special Collection

The M+ Library Special Collection addresses printed material as a key creative medium and alternative art practice in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The collection holds a variety of unique books and rare published materials, including artist books, comics, graphic design publications, manuscripts, and magazines.

➔ M+ Library Special Collection

View of works on display in the corner of a gallery. On the viewer's right, six design sketches hang on the wall.

M+ Collection Archives

The M+ Collection Archives is a repository of valuable primary documents that lends deeper insight into the creative processes of artists and makers in the M+ Collections. Archival materials include artist sketches, design drawings, photographs, and printed and digitised ephemera.

➔ M+ Collection Archives

A slender grey tower rises from a podium, which features roof gardens and cantilevers above the ground floor. The tower stands in the centre between a campus of buildings on the viewer's left and Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour at right. Tower cranes and buildings feature in the background. A park with curved pathways lies in the foreground.

M+ Institutional Archive

The Institutional Archive preserves the history of M+. It includes records documenting the museum’s people, building, research, exhibitions, and events.

Only available on request.