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Theatre & Dance: Getting Started

Library resources for Theatre & Dance

For More Help

Contact the Research Center

Phone: 603-862-1544

What Resources Could I Use?

Over 1.5 million books that can be borrowed and taken out of the Library.

Over 25,000 Reference books that stay in the Library
and a growing collection of reference databases.

Books and materials from other libraries:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service
Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Virtual Catalog (Books only)

Materials that have been placed on Reserve by faculty members for specific courses. These have shorter loan periods.

An extensive collection of print periodicals and newspapers, as well as a growing number of electronic journals.

Specialized collections
Government Information
A collection of US government & Canadian government publications and materials.

Special Collections & Archives
The department focuses on rare books, manuscripts, recordings, photographs, artifacts and source materials relating to the University, New Hampshire and other special topics.

Multimedia Center
Recordings include classical, jazz, folk, Broadway shows, plus spoken word recordings of plays. A video collection on VHS and DVD, including educational and TV documentaries, feature films, Shakespeare and other drama, and operas.

Associations and Organizations
Experts or participants


This research guide was created by David Severn, Reference Librarian, and is currently maintained by other librarians at UNH.

Finding Books

The pulldown menu can be set to search UNH Libraries only or broadened to search Boston Library Consortium (BLC) holdings or libraries worldwide (mostly in the US and Canada).

Items not available at the UNH Libraries usually can be requested from BLC or other libraries by using the Request option located on the right side of an item record.

The above is a keyword search of titles, authors, subjects, and content notes.

Results are ranked by relevance. Further refining by date, format, language, and other fields is possible.

The UNH Library Catalog provides alternative searches by book/journal title, author, subject, keyword etc.

Below are examples of SUBJECT Headings used in the UNH catalog




Theater History

Stage Management

Theater Production and Direction


Dance History

Theatrical Makeup

The library catalog will identify books, journal titles (not articles), DVDs/videos, musical scores and recordings, maps, etc. at the Durham and Manchester campus libraries.

If Not at UNH

Request from