Housed on two floors, the library at the NCA has one of the largest collections of books, periodicals, rare manuscripts and transparencies on the visual arts. It provides an essential centre of research within the College, and includes a growing audio-visual library, and a large selection of critical texts on contemporary practices. The College library not only caters to the needs of all undergraduate programmes offered at the NCA, but provides essential reference material for other higher education institutions in Rawalpindi. This is a state of the art facility that adds a significant number of texts, DVDs and CDs to its shelves annually, from an international pool of available resources. It is fully computerized and offers ample space for study and research, computer and internet facilities, scanning and photo copying equipment for use by the students. The library liaises with students and faculty throughout the academic year to ensure that individual and departmental needs are met.
The College library also houses a special collection dating back to nineteenth century in the Mian Abdul Majeed Archives Room. As part of its archival work, the archives department undertake the documentation of the work of thesis students. This is conceived as an essential undertaking. In order to enrich the bank of information, currently enrolled students need to consult it before submitting their final proposals.
In archiving the research produced by the NCA students and faculty, the library provides an essential service in the documentation and generation of new knowledge within the country.
Borrowing facilities are available only to regular students of the College in accordance with the library rules. Students and visitors from other institutions may consult the library for reference. The library is open from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm on working days (except Fridays when it closes at 05:00 pm) and is closed during holidays except for a part of the summer vacations.
The NCA library also facilitates NCA students in the use of other public and private libraries in Rawalpindi.