The reading room and library at Centre A began in 1999 with contributions from artists, researchers, and curators both locally in Vancouver and internationally. The reading room emerged out of the need to collect a body of literature on Asian art practices, and by extension creating transnational ties with international arts communities. Centre A’s reading room includes the Fraser Finlayson Collection of rare books on Classical Chinese and Japanese Art with publications dating back to the late 19th century. In addition, we house monographs, artist ephemera, exhibition catalogues, art criticism writings, and artists books that have contributed to the diverse livelihood and possibilities of the reading room as a site of cultural production.

The reading room is currently open to the public on a by-appointment basis. Please email us to set up a time, and be advised before you visit that we have a no scent policy.

If you would like to donate materials to the collection, please fill out the following form.

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