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Finding Library Items: Play Scripts

Catalog Searching Basics

  1. Open KentLINK.
  2. Click on the "Author" tab.
  3. Type the name of the person into the search box (last name, first name; e.g. Miller, Arthur).
  4. Click on the  Limit/Sort Search  button.
  5. Type the name of the play in the "Words in the TITLE" search box (e.g. "Death of a Salesman").
  6. Click on "Other Material Type" menu and select "Book" to limit to print play scripts.
  7. Click "Submit."

Unable to find the play you’re looking for in KentLINK?  Try searching OhioLINK and SearchOhio. Still no luck?  Ask a Performing Arts Librarian for help.

Use the tabs above for more tips to find play scripts in collections and anthologies, selected titles from our collection and full-text plays available online.

Selected Titles

Online Collections

The Library subscribes to a number of full text play collections. Additionally, some internet sites have classic plays freely available online.

required from off-campus.

Browse our Collections

Browse Our Collection

Below are general call number ranges. For a more detailed classification outline, consult the Library of Congress Classification page.  For tips on searching for music items in KentLINK, consult the Finding Library Items guide.

PA3024-PZ10 theater (comprehensive range)
PN6111-PZ10 plays (comprehensive range)
PR1245-1272 period plays
Z5781 play indexes

Terms for Searching Library Catalogs

To find material on a specific topic, start a KentLINK Subject Search and type in one of these subject headings to get a list of relevant titles.

American drama
Childrens plays
Drama -- Collections
English drama
One-act plays
One-act plays, American


These sources can help you identify a play by subject or by cast size and other factors. Some of them also help you locate where plays are published in collected works and anthologies, which is common for short plays. Sign-in required from off-campus.