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Theatre: Finding Books

Basic search tips and strategies for theatre students

Search Dugan Library

Look for books and videos in Dugan Library!

Searching for Books in Dugan Library

LC Call Numbers

Sample Subject Headings

  • Theatrical makeup
  • Costume design
  • Theaters, Lighting
  • Stage lighting
  • Stage props
  • Set designers
  • Drama collections
  • Performing arts
  • Stage management
  • Actors
  • Theatre OR Theater (try both!)

Search Tips

  • Use a ‘browse’ search to a specific title or author
  • Keyword searches are a great way to start
  • It’s always a good idea to physically browse a subject area and look at the books
  • The majority of the library books are in the general collection, but we have many special collections (Cardinal Newman Collection, Reference, Juvenile, Thesis, Videos and more)
  • Special collections are shelved separately from the general collection
  • If you can’t find a book on the shelf, be sure to ask a library worker for help!

WorldCat Discovery

Search WorldCat to discover books not owned by our library.  You can submit a request to borrow items from other libraries.  This is a free service for NU students.

The video above reviews how to request a book from another library.

Where to Browse

PN is the call number range for Literature (General)

  • PN 1560-1590--Performing Arts; Show Business
  • PN 1600-3307--Drama
    • PN 1991--Radio Broadcasts
    • PN 1992--Television Broadcasts
    • PN 1993-1999--Motion Pictures
    • PN 2061-2071--Art of Acting
    • PN 2085-2091--The Stage and Accessories
    • PN 2131-2145--Ancient Drama
    • PN 2152-2160--Medieval Drama
    • PN 2171-2179--Renaissance Drama
    • PN 2181-2193--Modern Drama

GT is the call number range for manners & customs

  • GT 500-2370--Costume

N is the call number range for fine arts

  • NA 6820-6845--Theatres; Opera Houses; Movie Theatres​

These books are located on the 2nd floor of the library!

LC Subject Classification

Library of Congress Subject Classification

A General Works
B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C Archeology, Genealogy
D History: General, World
E-F History: Western Hemisphere
G Geography, Anthropology
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
K Law
L Education
M Music
N Fine Arts
P Language & Literature
Q Science
R Medicine
S Agriculture
T Technology
U Military Science
V Naval Science
Z Library Science


Once you find a book you're interested in, be sure to examine the books nearby.  You might find something valuable that didn't turn up in your catalog search!