NSD Library


Library Books are issued to NSD Faculty Members, Students and Staff only.”


The School’s Library is one of the country’s most specialized libraries in the field of theatre and drama. By the end of March, 2022 the library owned an enormous collection of 36,907 books covering areas ranging from the technical to the genera,; text books and scripts, about 4000 volumes of periodicals, 1064 gramophone records, 616 slides, 889 photographs and about 200 journals related to theatre and the Allied and Performing Arts. Bloomsbury Drama Online – Perpetual access by Bloomsbury Publishing U.K. (collection of play text, audio and video)

The Library also has a vast collection of press clippings of reviews on various plays performed by NSD students, the TIE Company (Sanskaar Rang Toli), and the NSD Repertory Company, appearing in English/Hindi newspapers.


The School Library is one of the most specialized libraries in the field of theatre and Drama. The National School of Drama Library acquires whatever material is available on dramatics in the Delhi market. Efforts are also made to procure plays and their criticism from outside Delhi and abroad. It collects the material mainly on dramatics and related fields.

The subjects covered under the dramatics are -

1. Plays in all modern Indian Language, Sanskrit and English.

2. Criticism on plays and playwrights.

3. History and criticism of theatre in India and the world.

On the technical side, the subjects covered are -

4. Play Direction (Production)

5. Acting, Movement & Mime

6. Speech and Voice training

7. Stage Design, Lighting & Make-up

8. Theatre Architecture

9. Designing of Stage Costume

Fields related to the dramatics such as –

10. Music, Dance, Ballet & Opera (Indian and Western)

11. Yoga & Physical Education

12. Film, Television and Radio Technique (Indian and Western)

13. Design & Graphics

14. Photography

15. Fine Arts

16. Social and Cultural History & Anthropology (Indian and Western)

17. Religion and Philosophy

18. Furniture and Interior Decoration.

19. Children Plays, Fiction, Poems and School Community Theatre Books

On the daily routine of syllabus text books such as:-

20. Hindi & English Plays (Indian and Western)

21. Hindi English Novels (Indian and Western)

22. Biography & Actor Biography

23. Poems (Indian, Sanskrit)

24. Indian Literature

Research students in Literature dealing with dramatics, whether in English or Hindi, frequently make use of the Library. These research students come not only from Delhi but from other States of India and abroad. Books are not the only means of information available but other sources like Theatre journals and periodicals, clipping of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Jashne Bachpan & Balsangam of NSD, Bibliography details from Library Software latest edition (Libsys 10), Electronic Catalogue, reports patents, posters, brochures, cyclostyled scripts, photos and photocopies are also rich source of materials.

Library has in its collection -

Books 30,872

Bound volumes of Periodicals Journals and Scripts 6,035

Total Books:  36,907

Some of the important journals subscribed by the Library are -

The Asian Theatre Journal (ATJ), Modern Drama, Natrang, Marg, Sight and Sound, Sangeet Natak Journal, The Drama Review (TDR), New Theatre Quarterly (NTQ), Performing Arts Journal (PAJ), International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media, Studies in Theatre and Performance, Theatre Research International, Contemporary Theatre Review, Cinema Journals, Theatre and Performance Design (TPD), Theatre Dance and Performance Training (TDPT), Performance Research, Theatre Journal, Voice and Speech Review, National, Hindi & English newspapers, Regional Newspapers & Magazines (Bengali, Assamee, Panjabi,  Telgu, Marathi, Malayalam), Magazines Hindi & English India Today, Kadambini,  Yojna, Vanitha, (Malyalam Magazine) Sananda, (Bangla Magazine) (,Rojgar Samachar, Employment News and  Swamynews Journal, Online Journals & Periodicals, Online Journals J-Store, and Online Journal Routledge Performance Archives.

Facilities available in the Library:

The NSD Library is fully computerized. Other facilities as given under are available to students, faculty and library members:-

On-Line enquiry OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue) about the availability of any book required by the students, faculty, staff, etc. The complete collection has been fed into the machine in readable format. This includes information about current journals as well. Each piece of material has a unique Identity Number (Id. No.) to facilitate the process of issue and return of books etc.

Documentation services to students and faculty include the ‘Current Contents’ of the Journals and Book Reviews received in the Library (Reviews of latest books on Theatre, Drama related aspects on the subject appearing in the journals). The above mentioned articles are well indexed and provided on demand and for information and reference purposes. Photocopies of important articles from books/journals are supplied to students/ users on demand. In addition to this, internet facilities have also been introduced in the Library to increase accessibility in various fields.

Video / Audio Library

The National School of Drama has a audio-video library in which more than 3000 videos and 700 CDs have been archived. This documentation includes all the performing wings of NSD i.e. NSD Repertory Company, TIE Company, School Productions etc. Apart from this it has all the documentation of plays produced in all the festivals since 1999 (i.e. Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Jashn-e-Bachpan, Bal Sangam etc)

It also has video documentation of plays, which are performed by NSD with or without collaboration in abroad, including seminars, workshops etc.

The documentation available is to be used purely for the academic purposes of the School and is not for any commercial use.


For further Information Kindly Contact
Library-in-Charge, National School of Drama,
Bahawalpur House, Bhagwan Das Road,
New Delhi-110001


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