The CCP Library and Archives houses a substantial collection of print and special materials that include audio and video tapes, calendars, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, phonorecords, posters, photographs, and slides all pertaining to Philippine and World art and culture, history and the humanities.
Considered to be important and rare library holdings are the personal collections of internationally renowned soprano Dalisay J. Aldaba, National Artist for Music Lucrecia R. Kasilag; National Artistsfor Film Lino O. Brocka; National Artist for Music and Theater Atang dela Rama; record producer and song lyricist Manuel P. Villar; film director David Overbey; book collector Emmanuel Sanchez; the Lagua Family Phonorecords Collection; the Sampaguita Pictures
Photographs Collection; the Delfin Manlapaz Zarzuela Collection; and the Ruben Vega Poetry and Zarzuela Collection.
Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)—a database system for the storage and retrieval of bibliographic information about the library collection—books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, special materials such as calendars, maps, photos, posters, slides,
and ephemeral materials such as clippings, brochures, pamphlets, etc. including born digital and digitized resources available at the CCP Library and Archives; and at the same time a web-based search engine to provide users an easy way to search for available resources in the library without necessarily going personally to the CCP Library and Archives for research and study purposes. Digital content (documents in PDF, images in JPG or PNG file format) if available, can be viewed or downloaded easily from the web browser.