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THEATRE: Browse in the Library

An introduction to theatre and dance research for University of Redlands students

This page will help you...

  • Find "the theatre section" in Armacost Library

Where are Theatre books?

Theatre books are on the third floor of Armacost Library.

Since the library uses the Library of Congress classification system, most theatre books have call numbers beginning with PN.

Use this map of the library to find your way to the theatre section.

Theatre call numbers

The Library of Congress classification system reserves the call number range from PN1600 to PN3307 for scholarly books on theatre history and criticism, technical theatre, and theatre design.

There is no special section for play scripts; they are grouped in with prose fiction, poetry and other creative literature and organized according to the geographical origin of the language the play was written in. Here's a partial list:

PA: Classical Greek and Latin

PK: South Asian

PL: East Asian and African

PQ: French and Spanish

PR: English - Britain and former colonies

PS: English - American

PT: German



What are Call Numbers?

Did you know?

Key points

  • Books in the library are organized by call number, according to the Library of Congress Classification System.
  • Most theatre books are shelved in the PNs. Play scripts might be found throughout the P's.

See the section "Academic Books and the Publishing Process" in the Introduction to Library Research in the Arts to learn more about how books are published.