Image: John Haynes
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: Drama Online, the Performing Arts Periodicals Database (PAPD), the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance (IBTD), Digital Theatre Plus, Dance in Video I & II, and Theatre in Video.
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.4 – Drama Online
CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.5 – Digital Theatre Plus
CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.6 – Dance Online : Dance in Video I & II
CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.7 – Theatre in Video
CDD Libraries Helpsheet No.8 – NSCD Media Archive
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.
Search across 300,000+ theses for free and order full text quickly and easily.
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.
Research tool giving unified access to the catalogues of over 70 national & university research libraries in the UK & Ireland, including the British Library.
DOJA offers open access to scientific & scholarly journals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
London Contemporary Dance School
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance