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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Production Arts

Library resources

In this section you will find links to the libraries of the Conservatoire schools, and some resources for staff, students and researchers.

The Conservatoire libraries offer a rich range of print, audio-visual and electronic resources.  Between them the libraries hold some of the most comprehensive specialist collections in the fields of circus, dance and drama in the country, providing their students and staff with a wonderful range of resources.  Alongside the specialist collections a number of the Conservatoire school libraries offer students and staff a range of additional services including IT facilities, online media archives and access to other HE libraries across the country.

Central School of Ballet, LCDS, NSCD and Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance are members of the SCONUL Access scheme which allows university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme, the scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.  In addition to their individual collections the Conservatoire libraries collectively provide access to a number of full text online databases via the OpenAthens platform: the Performing Arts Periodicals Database (PAPD), the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance (IBTD), Dance in Video I & II, and Theatre in Video.


Quicklinks for managing your OpenAthens account:

Log in to your OpenAthens account

Register for an OpenAthens account

Renew your OpenAthens account (within 30 days of expiry)

Reset a forgotten OpenAthens password

Subscription Resources

Helpsheets for Conservatoire online and library resources and how to use them.

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.1 – Online Research Resources

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.2 – IBTD

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.3 – PAPD

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.6 – Dance Online

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.7 – Theatre in Video

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.8 – NSCD Media Archive

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.10 – Taylor & Francis ebooks | NSCD

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.11 – Taylor & Francis Online | ejournals | NSCD

CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.12 – Ingenta Connect | ejournals | NSCD


Useful Online Resources

British Library Archival Sound RecordingsExpand Question

To access content via this resource select the log in button & then select UK HE/FE log in at the bottom of the page. Type ‘Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’ in the box provided & then log in using your OpenAthens password & username.

British Library EThOSExpand Question

Search across 300,000+ theses for free and order full text quickly and easily.

BUFVC DatabasesExpand Question

Nine online databases relating to film, television & radio content dating from 1896 onwards. You can search more than 13 million records in one go or one collection at a time. Select ‘sign in’ & select ‘Eduserv Athens’ from the dropdown list to access.

COPACExpand Question

Research tool giving unified access to the catalogues of over 70 national & university research libraries in the UK & Ireland, including the British Library.

Directory of OpenAccess Journals (DOAJ)Expand Question

DOJA offers open access to scientific & scholarly journals.

JournalTOCsExpand Question

A searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs). It contains articles’ metadata of TOCs for over 22,053 journals directly collected from over 1795 publishers.

JSTORExpand Question

Access to the free content on this digital library platform of more than 1,500 academic journals, books, & primary sources. Register for a free individual account to access more free content.

Platform (ejournal)Expand Question 

A refereed ejournal devoted to postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers, & entry-level academics in the fields of theatre & performing arts. Use the platform to view online issues of the journal.

Project MUSEExpand Question

Access to the free content on this platfrom, offering bibliographical details, full-text current/archival articles from journals covering literature & criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, gender studies, & more.

ZetocExpand Question

Comprehensive research database, giving you access to over 28,500 journals & more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.

For more information

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

London Contemporary Dance School

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance 


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