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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: 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.8NSCD Media Archive


For more information

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School


London Contemporary Dance School

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance