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Theatre: Books

Guide to information resources for theatre arts

Why Use Books?

Use BOOKS to find comprehensive and in-depth coverage of theatre, its history and other related topics, as well as full-length biographies of famous actors, directors and playwrights.

Browse by Library of Congress Call Number

Sometimes you might want to go the shelves in the libraries and just browse through all the theatre books there, to get a sense of what kinds of books a library has in this area.

You can use the following Library of Congress numbers to find the areas of the libraries where those books are shelved.

Most (but not all) theatre books have call numbers which start with PN 1560 - PN 1590   

PN 1560-1590 The performing arts. Show business

PN 1600-3307 Drama

Literature - Drama

PQ 1-3999 French Literature    
      PQ 500-591 About French drama
      PQ 1211-1241 French drama collections (i.e. plays)

PQ 4001-5999 Italian literature    
      PQ 4134 - 4160 About Italian drama

PR 1-9680 English literature

PR 621-739 About English drama
PR 1241-1273 English drama collections
PR 2081-3112 Shakespeare

PS 330-352 About American drama
PS 623-635 American drama collections

PT 605-709 About Germanic drama
PT 1251-1299 German drama collections
PT 1891-2239 Goethe

Manners and Customs

GT 1-7070 Manners and customs (General)
GT 165-476 Houses. Dwellings.
GT 500-2370 Costume. Dress. Fashion.
GT 3400-5090 Customs: Public and social life (town/court life, festivals, holidays, royalty, etc.)
GT 5320-6390 Customs: Special classes (e.g. by birth, rank, occupation)


GV 1575 -1981 Dancing


M Music (Musical scores, printed parts, etc.)
ML Music literature (Books about music history, biographies of musicians, instruments, styles, genres of music, etc.)
MT Music Theory and Instruction
     MT 955 Musical Theatre, opera

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Interlibrary Loan Request for Books

If you need a book which Spiva Library does not own, we can request a copy from another library using a service called InterLibrary Loan.

Before you place a request for a book, be sure to check MOBIUS. Books available through MOBIUS libraries can be requested by MSSU students, faculty and staff from the MOBIUS page.

This service is available to all MSSU students, faculty, alumni, staff and community card holders.

InterLibrary Loan Policy

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Accessing eBooks

To access the full-text of ebooks from off-campus you must be a current MSSU student, faculty or staff member with a username and PIN.  If you don't know or can't remember your Missouri Southern Username or PIN, please contact the IT Help Desk.

Google Books

Why use Google Books?

Google Books searches the full-text of books.  It is great for narrow topics because it lets you search within the text of books--you can see the table of contents, index or a portion of the contents of the book.  You can then locate the book in a nearby library.

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