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Melbourne Art Library's principal aim is to collect key texts on art practice in Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific. While encouraging interdisciplinary thought, the collection focuses on content pertaining to Art and Design. Complementary to maintaining a local focus, MAL continues to collect theoretical and critical texts published for the broader international arts community.
While not intending to act as an archive, MAL collects ephemeral and unpublished material reflective of the activity and history of arts practice in Australia. By including material which may be missed by other collecting bodies, we hope to represent and record the dynamic and temporal reality of local arts practice in our concepts of 'Australian art history'.
The collection supports the interests of its users, and responds to trends in local discourse and to user suggestions. MAL aims to provide a breadth of perspectives on art- and design-related subjects, and is mindful of the representing artists and voices from a range of backgrounds.
Selection decisions show an awareness of other institution's collections and aims to provide access to typically hard-to-access resources.
For more information, read our Collection Development Policy.