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Library & Archives

Make use of the world's largest publicly accessible Shakespeare collections

Here at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust we have the world’s largest publicly accessible library and archive devoted to Shakespeare, the sources of his plays and their history on the stage. We also look after the official archive of the RSC, which includes hundreds of thousands of photos, programmes and reviews, as well as prompt books and DVD recordings. 

Teachers, students and researchers are welcome to use the library and archive via our online catalogue or by visiting the reading room. You can also contact us with enquiries or photocopying requests.

Resources by post

Resource materials on original staging of selected plays*
Carefully selected materials to support student research and complement our Theatre Text in Context talks. For AQA, Edexcel and OCR Drama and Theatre Studies students.

Cost: £50 (inclusive of VAT and postage to anywhere in the UK), with £10 ‘top-up’ for materials on each additional play.
A 20% discount is available on library resource materials to anyone attending one of our educational courses.

*Please note that these resources are only available on certain plays. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and availability.

For resources by post please email:

Wonderful resources pack. A wealth of relevant info. Thanks again.

— Richard Huish College, Taunton

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