For the work of the Akademie der Künste's Members and staff, the library stocks a small reference section in the Reading Room providing:
- Publications by Academy Members
- Publications about Academy Members
- Reference books and standard works
- Akademie der Künste publications
- Scholarly and specialist journals
The holdings of the reference library and reading rooms, the special collections and journals can only be accessed in the reading rooms. This applies equally to books whose condition restricts their use solely to the reading rooms, as well as those valuable and irreplaceable items which must be treated with special care (e.g. art editions, rare books, etc) and the holdings from bequest library collections.
All other items in the library holdings are available on loan and may be taken out of the library. This service is only available to those living in Berlin. With some restrictions, the library is part of the national and international interlibrary loan system.