Materials in the Theatre Division's general research collections (books and periodicals) can now be accessed without an appointment on the 3rd floor of the Library for the Performing Arts. Hours are Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 4:30pm. Special collections materials still require an appointment in the Special Collections reading room, which is open Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 4:15pm. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or request a virtual consultation with a Theatre Division librarian.
The Theatre Division's circulating collection materials can be requested through the NYPL online catalog for pick-up at any NYPL's location. For more information about how to request these materials, please visit https://www.nypl.org/about/requests.
The NYPL has over 800 databases available at https://www.nypl.org/collections/articles-databases - some are always available from outside the Library, and some must be accessed at an NYPL location. Those that are available only within the Library are designated by an icon of the Library Lion, those that are available from home have a small blue house next to them.
This guide is designed to help you do Theatre, Film and Television research remotely using NYPL resources and other resources available on the Internet.
You may be asked to enter a library card to access a site or borrow a book.
If you live in NY State & don't have a NYPL library card, you can apply for one and use it immediately!
New York state residents are welcome to apply for a library card through the SimplyE app—and gain access to an array of digital resources, including e-books, audiobooks, databases, and more. New applicants can visit their local NYPL branch to obtain and validate their physical library card.