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Theater Research Guide: Books & e-Books

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E-books are books that have been downloaded into the library catalog for increased access.  They contain all of the content of a regular book.  E-books contain many useful features that make them easier to use than print books.  Such as:

  • You can access them whenever you want, whether or not the library is open.
  • While your session may expire with an e-book, you can always renew it.
  • Many e-books have a table of contents which allows you to jump to whatever chapter you are interested.
  • E-books have a search bar which allows you to search a word, phrase, or a few words. The search will give you every time the word has been used in the book and will take you directly to those pages.

To learn how to download ebooks onto your computer or tablet see our research guide on the topic here.

Finding Theater Books at PHSC


The Library's Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress' classification system.  

Want to browse the shelves?

The Library of Congress classification for Theater is Generally in the PN section. However, different subclasses of information are in various places. Here is an example of a variety of call numbers for Theater studies


GT 500-GT 2289 Costumes -- history/description

GT 1747 Masks

GT 2290-GT 2341 Haircosmetics

NA Architecture

ND 2885 Scene painting

NK 8802-NK8998 Textile arts

PN 1600-PN 3307 Drama

PN 2061-PN 2071 Art of acting

PN 2068 Make-up

PN 2091 .E4 Electric devices; stage lighting

PN 2091 .S8 Stage settings; scenery

PN 2131-PN 2145 Ancient theater history

PN 2152-PN 2160 Medieval theater history

PN 2171-PN 2179 Renaissance theater history

PN 2181-PN 2193 Modern theater history

PN 3035 The Jewish theater

PN 6110.5-PN6120 Play collections

PR 621-PR 739 English literature-drama

PR 641-PR739 History of drama literature

PS 330-PS 352 American literature-drama

TS 545-TT850  Costumes -- construction

Reading Library of Congress Call Numbers

Reading LC Call Numbers

  • describes the subject arearead in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic:read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name or title of work: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication:read in chronological order