The University Library has significant collections of books and other material for the study of drama, theatre studies and the history of the theatre
The core drama collection is held in Zone 3C of the Main Library, and this is supplemented by a growing collection at the Orchard Learning Resource Centre since the Department of Drama moved to the Selly Oak campus a few years ago.
The Library subscribes to around 30 journals devoted to drama and theatre studies.
The Shakespeare Institute
The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford on Avon contains our world-renowned research and reference collection for the study of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre.
The Cadbury Research Library holds a number of important archive collections including a Theatre Collection of some 5,000 printed articles, cuttings, playbills and photographs relating to theatre performances in London and the provinces during the 20th century. They also have the personal papers of playwrights and actors such as Noel Coward and Beatrice Campbell (Mrs Patrick Campbell), and Norman Painting. For a full list of related archive collections available for research, see our drama and theatre Subject and Resource guide. Please contact the Cadbury Research Library for further information.
For further information on collection holdings or for advice on how to access our Drama libraries, please contact: