The Academy Libraries, which includes the Academy Library, the Film and Television Library and the Music Library at Bethanie Campus, has dedicated specialist collections of over 260,000 items in the various disciplines of the performing arts, theatre and entertainment arts, film and television, as well as liberal arts, and language studies. This collection is an effective and important resources in support of teaching, learning and research at the Academy.
Altogether, the 3 libraries offer a total collection of 22,600 volumes of Chinese books, 47,000 volumes of English books, 1,500 volumes of books in other languages, 28,700 music scores and parts, 43,000 audio-visual items, 340 active printed journal titles, 2,800 titles in the Academy Archives.
The Electronic Collection has been developed to provide access to information beyond its physical boundary. The Academy Libraries offers access to over 7,700 electronic plays, 23,400 electronic books, 52,000 electronic scores, 5,100 electronic journal titles, 57 reference and aggregator databases, 700 computer files on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM, 6,300 digital files, 6,500 electronic videos and 124,000 music albums with the subscription to Naxos Music Library Online.
The Academy Libraries has been collecting publications of the Academy and works created and/or performed by the staff and students of the Academy in the process of teaching and learning. The purpose is to preserve creative experiments of different generations of staff and students and their end products for future scholars and practitioners.
Materials collected include programme diaries, production files and video-recordings of performances and thesis of Master students and materials from local performing arts group.
With the emergence of digital technologies, the Academy Libraries collects more and more digital content and users demand more and more information through the Internet. The Academy Libraries has launched the Digital Performing Arts Repository (DPAR) in 2013 to accommodate the digital born content and the digitized information for users to access information around the clock.