The drawings constitute a considerable, even though relatively unknown, part of the Accademia Carrara collection. There are 2,824 Old Master drawings, most of them from Count Giacomo Carrara, who collected them both for his own pleasure and for the School of painting he founded. Other groups of drawings have been added to this outstanding collection, with the architectural drawings of Jacopo Quarenghi and his school, and drawings by Piccio and from nineteenth-century Bergamo. 

Then there is a separate series of 777 graphic works by the pupils of the Accademia di Belle Arti, dating from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, which have not yet been properly studied although they have been reorganised very recently.