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Opened in 2006, the media library houses the collections originating from the musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie (National Museum of the Arts of Africa and Oceania) and the musée de l’Homme (Museum of Man). Specialising in the history of the arts and civilizations of Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas, it focuses on following developments in these areas of knowledge. The collections are regularly enriched by new acquisitions.

Museum Catalogs

Media Library Catalog

This contains references of all the printed, audiovisual and periodical materials in the media library and allows you to reserve them remotely to view on site.  Media library catalog

Archives Catalog

For access to references of materials and documents on the history of the museum’s collections (digitalized files can be viewed in full on site only). Archives catalog

Catalog of Objects and Image Library Catalog

Explore the collections: Find all the records and images of objects held in the museum and the 410,000 online items from the collection of photographs and graphic arts.

Different types of materials accessible via the catalogs

Printed documents

  • 200,000 titles (20,000 open access) on the ethnology and history of the arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, in the original language or in French translation;
  • 11,000 volumes of rare and valuable works, from the end of the 16th to the 19th centuries: travelogs, scientific missions, original editions, annotated copies;
  • 4,600 periodicals, including 700 currently on subscription;
  • Theses in the fields of ethnology and anthropology supervised in France since 1985, including those supervised by the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS);
  • Private libraries of renowned ethnologists and anthropologists, including: Claude Lévi-Strauss, Marcel Mauss, Georges Condominas, etc.

Audio and Audiovisual Material

  • 6,000 CDs of world music and 6,000 DVDs of documentary ethnographic films and fictional films, including 2,350 online;
  • Original scientific collections, including the sound archives of ethnomusicologists such as Gilbert Rouget and film archives;
  • Lectures, concerts and performances recorded at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

Image Collections

700,000 images – photographs, posters, postcards, prints, watercolors and drawings – related to scientific missions and voyages around the world, as well as the history of the museum’s collections.

Archives and Collections Documentation

More than 88,000 records and 583,730 related digital documents which contain:

  • Collections materials: legal, administrative, technical and scientific documentation on the collections;
  • Public collections: musée des Colonies, musées de la France d’Outre-Mer, musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie et musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac;
  • Private collections: ethnologists (Thérèse Rivière, Henry Reichlen, etc.), art historians (Lucien Stephan, etc.), gallery owners (Louis Carré, etc.), colonial administrators, curators, etc.