The Shakespeare's Globe Library and Archives support the work of Globe Research, while also serving outside scholars and bona-fide researchers.
The Globe Library holds texts and criticism of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as twentieth-century and current works on the Globe, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, theatre history and social and cultural history of early modern England. The library collections are searchable online on Ariel.
Archives at the Globe include:
- The performance archive: Recordings, prompt books, wardrobe bibles, and a range of reviews and ephemera from Globe productions since 1996.
- The costume archive: A selection of costumes created by Jenny Tiramani for the Globe's original practices productions, using carefully researched and reproduced Elizabethan techniques.
- The institutional archive: Correspondence, administrative papers and photographs documenting the decades of planning, persistence, and enthusiasm that led to the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe as a fully functioning performance space.
Access to the Library and Archives is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please email the librarian or archivist.
That special arrangements are in place for access to and quotation from the deposited collections.
That while we are very happy to advise researchers on resources available, we cannot undertake research on behalf of users.
We shall endeavour to answer all emails as soon as possible within the Library and Archives opening hours.