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The RADA Library is an important resource for students with over 40,000 acquisitions, including more than 12,000 plays. It is possibly the largest collection of rare and out of print plays in the English language, as well as a good stock of books on other aspects of theatre.

Subjects include Acting, Voice and Speech, Movement and Dance, Alexander Technique, Wellbeing, Music, Theatre History, Theory of Drama, Playwriting, Directing, Stage Design, Stage Management, Sound, Lighting, Art, Poetry, Film, Photography and Social History. There are also several thousand films, from British and Hollywood classics to TV dramas, documentaries and world cinema.

The library catalogue can be viewed here.


All full time staff and students are automatically given library membership with access to a range of online resources, including the following:

Opening times are:

9am -7pm, Monday - Friday (subject to change)

Information for staff and students (using the library)