Housed on two floors, the library at the NCA has one of the largest collections consisting almost 40,000 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 audiovisual library, and a large selection of critical texts on contemporary practices. The College library not only caters to the needs of all undergraduate and graduate programmes offered at the NCA but provides essential reference material for other higher education institutions in Lahore. This is a state of the art facility that adds a significant number of text books, periodicals and magazines, to its shelves annually, from an international pool of available resources. It is fully automated library and offers comfortable environment for study and research by offering computer and internet facilities, scanning and photocopying equipment for users. 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 the nineteenth century in the Mian Abdul Majeed Archives. As part of its archival work, the Archives Department undertakes 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 college students & faculty members in accordance with the library rules. Students and visitors from other institutions may consult the library for reference. The library is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 7:00pm on working days and is closed during the public holidays. The NCA library also facilitates users in the use of other public and private libraries in Lahore. NCA Library is fully automated by using KOHA Library Automation Software. Koha is a fully featured, scalable library management system. It is also providing the facility of (OPAC) Online Public Access Catalogue by:


The NCA is in the process of establishing a research database, part of it is already in operation. This aims to be an expanding digital resource of cross-references of images and information, accessible from every computer on campus. The database is a supplementary library resource that includes the work of South Asian, Chinese and other practitioners within general modes of classification. NCA has access on following databases which are accessible in college premises.

> Jstor
> ProQuest Dissertation & Theses


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