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Theatre & Performing Arts: Books & Plays

What About Print?

Summer 2022-Spring 2023

Due to an ongoing renovation project, the print collection has been removed from the library building. However, if you are on the Boston campus, you can request print material from our off-site storage space using your Northeastern ID and password. Please allow up to 2 days for delivery. See the Requesting Materials from the Remote Annex page for more information.

Most of our collection is available online through Scholar OneSearch. If you need something that we do not own as an e-book, you are welcome to Recommend a Purchase. Please keep in mind that not all publishers sell e-books to libraries, and requests may be denied due to unavailability of a library e-book license.

Finding Plays in Snell Library

Most of our books of monologues have call numbers beginning with PN 2080, or can be found using the subject searches below.

New Play Exchange (NPX)

Use Scholar OneSearch to Find Books at NU

You can use Scholar OneSearch to search for e-books within the library catalog. Use the drop-down menu next to the search box to limit your search to the library catalog. Once you've run your first search, check the "E-books" box on the left side of the page to limit to books available online.

Books Beyond NU - Deep Research in WorldCat and Google Books

  • WorldCat - identify titles at other libraries and request via InterLibrary Loan. Uses the same principles and subject headings as Scholar OneSearch, so if you find a good phrase, re-use it here.
  • Google Books - unlike Scholar OneSearch and WorldCat, search the full-text of digitized books; includes both older, public-domain and current, copyrighted titles. Most books under copyright only provide a short snippet, but the full title may be available at NU (check Scholar OneSearch to see) or via ILL.

Are we missing something?

If there's a book or play that you think we should have in the library, you can contact me directly or recommend a purchase through the library website. While I cannot guarantee that I can purchase every requested item, I do pay close attention to requests.

If you're curious about how Snell Library collects material, you can view our collection development policy and our library mission. I'm happy to answer questions at any time.