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Theatre and Music Theatre: Find Books

Research resources for theatre and music theatre.

Find Books

To find general theatre books, search the catalog and limit format to books. See below for help finding specific types of theatre books.

Library Catalog

Find Plays

You can search for plays in our catalog using the genre index. 

  • Search "ge:(plays)" to view all plays.
  • Use filters on the left to limit formats, like books or videos.
  • To include search terms, enter them before the genre index. Example: Shakespeare ge:(plays)

Find Scores

Print music theatre scores fall under call number range M1500-1527.8. As you walk up the stairs, this area is to your right.

Many scores can be found in our catalog by using the advanced search.

  1. Enter "vocal score" in the search box and select "subject."
  2. Under format, select "musical scores."
  3. Search for results.

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Theatre

All print materials in the library are organized by library of congress call numbers. The following are some call numbers relevant to theatre.


Costumes and Make-up:

GR420-426 - Costume, jewelry

GT500-2370 - Costume. Dress. Fashion

TT490-695 - Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring

TT950-979 - Hairdressing. Beauty culture. Barbers' work



PN1600-3307 - Drama


Plays are classified within national literatures:

PA - Greek languages and literature. Latin languages and literature

PJ - Oriental languages and literatures

PK - Indo-Iranian languages and literatures

PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania

PQ - French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature

PR - English literature

PS - American literature

PT - German literature - Dutch literature - Flemish literature since 1830 - Afrikaans literature - Scandinavian literature - Old Norse literature: Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian - Modern Icelandic literature - Faroese literature - Danish literature - Norwegian literature - Swedish literature


Set Design:

NA - Architecture

NK - Decorative Arts (Includes interior design, textiles, etc)