‘Come and take choice of all my library’

The Shakespeare Institute Library is one of the best libraries for researching Shakespeare and early modern theatre — the holdings, the kind and helpful staff, the relaxed atmosphere! Possibly this NRN member’s favourite library, anyway…

What’s your favourite library for researching? What are the libraries that have made your life as a theatre researcher much more easier? Let us know in the comments!

Shakespeare Institute Library

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Shakespeare Institute Library Building in 2015shakespeare-institute-library

Books in a hut in the garden, books in the Hall, books in sheds, books in nooks and crannies, even books in Birmingham. Before 1995 the Shakespeare Institute Library was crammed into the Institute building, Mason Croft, which was bursting at the seams.

Dr Susan Brock (former SI Librarian) Dr Susan Brock (former SI Librarian)

After a tireless fundraising campaign lead by the Librarian, Dr. Susan Brock, which included a benefit performance at the Swan Theatre by John Moffatt, Richard Pasco and Dame Judi Dench as well as many financial gifts, the Institute received a very generous donation from architect V.H. (Johnnie) Johnson. He also created a beautiful new design for the Library, complementing the existing eighteenth-century buildings.

Work commenced in the autumn of 1994 and was completed in 1995, including landscaping the gardens which soon looked as if the building had always been…

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