Access to the College Green area of campus will be restricted until further notice. PennCard holders and some Penn affiliates may enter and exit Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center through the Rosengarten Undergraduate Study Center on the ground floor, and may enter and exit the Fisher Fine Arts Library through the 34th Street entrance to Meyerson Hall. See our Service Alerts for details.


Collection Description

Through physical and online resources, the Theatre Arts collection supports a wide range of work in set design, lighting, costume design, historical production research, and more. A particular collection strength lies in Shakespearean and early modern theatre, housed largely in the Furness Shakespeare Library.



Rows of bookcases filled with books in the Furness Shakespeare Library.

Furness Shakespeare Library

The Furness Shakespeare Library houses current scholarship in the Furness Collection, where it may be accessed during the hours Van Pelt-Dietrich Library is open. These books are non-circulating. Older materials in the Furness Collection must be consulted in the nearby Kislak Center Reading Room.

Doing Research