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Theater 113: Creating a Theater Season (Fall 2021)

A guide to Library resources for Theater students, including plays, online databases, and more.

Introductory Tips

  • Most playscripts are located in Arts Library Selected Plays and Monologues, Young Research Library (YRL), and Powell Library. Some will also be housed in remote storage at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). At YRL and Powell, plays are interfiled with other literature and drama history/criticism. At the Arts Library, they are shelved in one location with other plays.
  • Use the Advanced Search of UC Library Search in order to limit to only UCLA Library holdings. After you conduct a search, you can also filter by individual library and format.
  • Loan periods may differ depending on the Library, but you can usually renew titles you have checked out unless they are recalled.
  • Most individual plays and anthologies have very broad cataloging by subject, and will have subject headings that end with "drama" (example: "English Drama--Restoration"). 
  • To browse a list of print titles in Arts Library Selected Plays & Monologues, an archived list is available in the previous Library Catalog. The old Catalog is static and should not be used to request paging.

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How to Page Materials from Arts Library and SRLF

The Arts Library will be closed for seismic retrofitting construction through Winter Quarter 2022, but page and pickup options are available for the play collection and other materials there. Turnaround for paging of Arts and SRLF holdings is approximately one business day for BruinCard holders.

Play-Finding Tools, Including in Collections and Periodicals

These sources can help you identify a play by subject or by cast size and other factors. Some of them also help you locate where plays are published in collected works and anthologies, which is common for short plays.

Call Number Ranges

The best way to search for a specific play title at the UCLA Library is to check search UC Library Search for the title and author. Some plays may be held in other campus libraries, checked out to another patron, or on course reserve. Most playscripts are located in Arts Library Selected Plays and Monologues, Young Research Library (YRL), and Powell Library. Some will also be housed in remote storage at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). At YRL and Powell, plays are interfiled with other literature and drama history/criticism. At the Arts Library, they are shelved in one location with other plays.

Plays are arranged by Library of Congress broad call number ranges:

ML: Musical librettos (most libretti are housed in the Music Library)

PA: Classical plays (Greek and Latin)

PG: Slavic, Baltic, and Albanian plays

PJ: Egyptian, Libyan, Berber, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, and Ethiopian plays

PK: Indo-Iranian, Armenian, and Georgian plays

PL: Eastern Asia, Africa, and Oceanic plays

PN1600-3307: General drama (includes some monologue and scene books)

PN6110-6120: General drama collections

PQ: Western European plays, Romance languages (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Latin America)

PR: British and Commonwealth plays (includes Canada, Australia, Anglophone Africa)

PS: American (U.S.) plays

PT: Germanic plays (includes Dutch, Scandinavian, Afrikaans, and Icelandic)