About the Shakespeare Institute Library

​The Shakespeare Institute Library, also known as the Johnson Library, contains over 60,000 volumes, archives, manuscripts, and audio-visual collections relating to Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. This includes a wide variety of different publications covering the literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history of the period​. Our holdings and the other work of the library helps to support the campus-based and online postgraduate degrees delivered by the Shakespeare Institute​. We aim to collect every significant publication required for these studies. 

The library opened in 1995 on the Shakespeare Institute's site at Mason Croft. We are a part of the Special Collections division of Library Services at the University of Birmingham​.