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Our Library & Archive is a Performing Arts repository, specialising in Shakespeare in Performance. It supports the work of Globe Research and provides research facilities for academics of Undergraduate level and above, directors, theatre practitioners, Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe and independent scholars, from around the world. 



Please note: from October 2017 - May 2018, most of our Performance Archives will not be accessible as they will be off-site, undergoing digitisation for an online project with Adam Matthew. The video archive of all performances at Shakespeare's Globe will be available throughout this period, as will access to programmes for the plays and many other archival collections. Please contact us at for further information. The Library will be also open as normal.


The library holds books relating to Shakespeare and Special Collections of rare books:

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The archive holds material relating to all of the plays produced at the Globe since 1996. It also includes records documenting the origins and development of the reconstructed Globe on Bankside. To learn more:

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