Book collections

Most of the books at the library are reference only. This ensures that all items are available to library users unless actively being used by another reader on the premises.

There is a small long loan collection for books that support the MA courses run by the Shakespeare Institute. All University of Birmingham students and staff can borrow books from the long loan collection.​

The University of Birmingham online catalogue, FindIt@Bham, can be used to search the library’s book collection. See Searching the library for more information about the online catalogues available.​

We also provide:​

  • e-books​
  • Online journals​
  • Periodicals​
  • Theses and dissertations​
  • Newspaper cuttings dating from 1902 to 2022

New arrivals 

Newly arrived books and DVDs at the Shakespeare Institute Library are listed below. We will update the list regularly when new books arrive and have been processed.​


  • All's well that ends well. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. (RSC). Opus Arte, 2023.

  • Bevington, David. Twentieth century interpretations of Hamlet: a collection of critical essays. Prentice-Hall, 1968.
    PR 2807

  • Book parts. Edited by Dennis Duncan and Adam Smyth. Oxford University Press, 2024.

  • Campana, Joseph. Shakespeare's once and future child: speculations on sovereignty. University of Chicago Press, 2024.
    PR 2992.C4

  • Carter, Thomas. Shakespeare's stories of the English kings. George G. Harrap, 1912.
    PR 2877

  • Cohen, Eliot. The hollow crown: Shakespeare on how leaders, rise, rule, and fall. Basic, 2023.
    PR 3017

  • Digital pedagogy in early modern studies: method and praxis. Edited by Andie Silva and Scott Schofield. Iter Press, 2023.
    PN 59

  • Education and theatres: beyond the four walls. Edited by Michael Finneran and Michael Anderson. Springer, 2019.
    PN 2051

  • Joseph, Bertram. A Shakespeare workbook. 2 volumes. Theatre Arts Books, 1980.
    PR 3091

  • Lawrence, Arthur H. Miss Marie Corelli. Offprint from The Strand Magazine, 1898.
    rpPR 4505

  • On freedom: powerful polemics by supporters of Belarus Free Theatre. Edited by Fenella Dawnay. Oberon Books, 2015.
    PN 1643

  • Pembroke, William Herbert, third Earl of. The poems of William Herbert, third Earl of Pembroke. Edited by Mary Ellen Lamb, Garth Bond, and Steven W. May. Iter Press, 2024.
    PR 2329.P25

  • Plowright, Joan. And that's not all. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001.
    PN 2598.P63

  • Shakespeare, William. Shakespeare's First Folio: all the plays. A children's edition. Abridged by Anjna Chouhan. Illustrated by Emily Sutton. Walker Books, 2024.
    PR 2877

  • Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. Modern verse translation by Sean San José. (Play on Shakespeare). ACMRS Press, 2023.
    PR 2755.A25

  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Edited and annotated by Gideon Rappaport. One Mind Good Press, 2023.
    qPR 2807.A1-2023

  • Shakespeare, William. Measure for measure. Modern verse translation by Aditi Brennan Kapil. (Play on Shakespeare). ACMRS Press, 2023.
    PR 2755.A25

  • Simon, Robin. Shakespeare, Hogarth and Garrick: plays, painting and performance. Paul Holberton Publishing, 2023.
    qPR 2883

  • Sprague, Arthur Colby. The stage business in Shakespeare's plays: a postscript. Society for Theatre Research, 1995.
    pPR 3112

  • Stratford-upon-Avon Herald 9 May, 2024. Contains: 'Corelli weekend marks 100 years' by Peter Buckroyd page 33.
    pPR 4505

  • Three Jacobean tragedies. Edited by Gamini Salgado. Penguin, 1965.
    PR 1265.5

  • Tracy, Jann. Marie Corelli: Shakespeare's champion. Walking Stork Publications, 2017.
    PR 4505

  • White, Robert. Shakespeare against war: pacifist readings. Edinburgh University Press, 2024.
    PR 3069.W27

  • Wright, Laura Jayne. Shakespeare's visionary women. (Elements in Shakespeare performance) Cambridge University Press, 2023.
    PR 2991