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Theater: In the Library

This is a guide to the Library's collection in Theater. It is not comprehensive, but rather provides a good starting point for research


     Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for assistance:

Subject Headings

This is a list of suggested terms to use in a search for Theater resources in the Library Catalog:

  • Acting
  • American Drama
  • English Drama
  • European Drama
  • Performing Arts
  • Improvisation (Acting)
  • Japanese Drama
  • Musical Theater
  • Set Designers
  • Stage management
  • Theater
  • Theaters
  • Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery

Call Numbers

If you want to browse the collection, these are some call numbers where you can find books about Theater.

PN1600-3307 Drama

  • PN1635-1650 Relation to, and treatment of, special subjects
  • PN1660-1693 Technique of dramatic composition
  • PN1720-1861 History
  • PN1865-1988 Special types
  • PN1990-1992.92 Broadcasting
    • PN1991-1991.9 Radio broadcasts
    • PN1992-1992.92 Television broadcasts
  • PN1992.93-19 92.95 Nonbroadcast video recordings
  • PN1993-1999 Motion pictures
  • PN1997-1997.85 Plays, scenarios, etc.

  • PN2000-3307 Dramatic representation. The theater
    • PN2061-2071 Art of acting
    • PN2085-2091 The stage and accessories
    • PN2131-2193 By period
      • PN2131-2145 Ancient
      • PN2152-2160 Medieval
      • PN2171-2179 Renaissance
      • PN2181-2193 Modern
    • PN2219.3-3030 Special regions or countries
    • PN3035 The Jewish theater
    • PN3151-3171 Amateur theater
    • PN3175-3191 College and school theatricals
    • PN3203-3299 Tableaux, pageants, "Happenings," etc.

In addition, plays are shelved based on the author.  To find a specific play, author, or genre, you are encouraged to visit the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor to find willing assistance from a librarian.

Catalog Search

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Selected Books

These books are in the circulating collection.  You may check them out for three weeks at a time.  When you click on the book, it will take you to the catalog, where you can check whether the book is currently available, or when it is due back, as well as where it is located.

These are available on the third floor in the Reference Room.  They are for in-library use only, but you can make copies of pages as needed.


The following is a selection of titles available on the main (2nd) floor in the Audio/Visual Room:

You can find theater productions of various titles on DVD.  Search the catalog for a specific title to see if we have it.

Also, make sure to look at the subject-specific databases under the Library Online Tab.  Theatre in Video, BBC Shakespeare Plays, and Films on Demand have a wide variety of streaming videos.