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Theatre Arts: Books, E-books, DVDs

An online resource guide for Theatre Arts students at LaGrange College

Shortcut Tips for you!

Click these links for tips on finding Plays and books about Playwrights.

Use the online Library Catalog to find books, e-books, DVDs, and CDs.

Ø  Tip of the Day: Since “theatre” can also be spelled “theater,” you may want to use “theat$” in the online catalog.  The $ is a “truncation symbol” and will retrieve all words that being with the letters “theat” (theatre, theater, theatres, theatrical, etc.). 

Recommended Books!

Most (but not all) books on theatre are in the PNs on the Lower (1st) Floor, especially the PN 1590 to PN 3241 area. Write down the call number and use the image to help you recognize and find items on the shelf.

Search the Catalog!

Lewis Library Online Catalog



There are many ways to search the library's catalog online!

  • Use the search box above, or at the top right of any page on this site!
  • Use the online Library Catalog to search for and locate books, e-books, DVDs, CDs, and other items at Lewis Library.

BOOKS & E-books:

  • Most (but not all) books on theatre are in the PNs on the Lower Level, especially the PN 1590 to PN 3241 area (for the annual Best Plays series, go to PN 6112).
  • Usually books on a specific subject are together, for example:

·       Books on acting – PN 2061

·       Directing – PN 2053

·       Stage design and lighting – PN 2091

·       Make-up – PN 2068


Browsing the shelves is often productive.  But use the online catalog as well.

  • Sometimes a “Subject” search will be more efficient.  If you find a good book, determine its “subject heading” in the catalog (a librarian can help you with this, or visit the Subject Headings Guide); this may lead you to other relevant books.  The subject heading may or may not be what you expect.  For acting it’s “Acting,” but for directing it’s:
  • We have many excellent e-books that you can access through the online catalog, but you won’t find them on the shelf (or on the Web). 
  • If you don’t find what you want, ask the Reference Librarian.  If we don’t have the books you need, we can order them for you on interlibrary loan.
DVDs & CDs:
  • To restrict your search in the online catalog to a DVD or a CD, use the pull-down menu for “Location” and select “DVD” or “CD.”  
  • For example, to find the DVD of the film Philadelphia:   (If you don’t restrict the search, a “Title” search for “Philadelphia” will retrieve 4,301 items.) 

Your Librarian

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Arthur Robinson
Office 706-880-8289
Ref. Desk 706-880-8957
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