Performing & Visual Arts

Plays, acting, theatrical production, music, sheet music, dance, art, illustration and more

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x12004

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Online Resources

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Literary Reference Center Plus (EBSCO) Literary research and criticism including drama, and author/playwright biographies.

Biography Reference Bank researchIT Original biographies from H.W. Wilson including the trusted Biography Index.  Covers 500,000 people.

Biography Reference Center researchIT  Over 450,000 biographies from EBSCO including thousands of narrative biographies not available elsewhere.

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Performing Arts In General

Performing Arts Encyclopedia


ABT Online Ballet Dictionary
Ballroom Dance Resource
Voice of Dance


Petrucci Music Library - a place to find free sheet music online


Kabuki for Everyone
New York Times - Theater
Tony Awards


The Greatest Films

Television and Radio

British Broadcasting Corporation
Emmy Awards

Library Materials

Circulating materials and most reference booksare shelved together in the stacks on the Upper Level.  Books on art, photography, music, theater, dance, film, television and radio are housed in the Sara and Rudy Ruggles, Jr. Reading Room. Plays, poetry and literary criticism can be found in the Liz and Steven Goldstone Special Collections Room. Print magazines and newspapers may be found in the Friends of the Library Reading Room. Audiobooks are shelved seperately.

Music CDs and non-fiction DVDs are shelved in the Bossidy Commons on the Main Level.

Opera recordings are now housed in the Sara and Rudy Ruggles, Jr. Fine Arts Reading Room on the Upper Level.

Additional music selections are available for free download through the Library's subscription to hoopla. Learn more.



Acting and Monologues - 791-792 and 808.82
Architecture - 720's
Art & Artists - 750's
Art History - 709
Cinema/Movies/Film - 791.43
Dance - 792-793
Music - 780's
Photography - 770's
Plays, American - 812.5
Plays, International - 822-899
Shakespeare - 822.33


Architectural Digest
Art In America
Entertainment Weekly
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Popular Photography
Rolling Stone

See also: General Periodical Indexes online



Great Courses college lectures, CD and DVD, including music, art and drama appreciation, are in a separate section near the Adult Serve desk.

Plays in performance
Audio recordings shelved separately on the Upper Level
Video recordings with non-fiction DVDs in the Bossidy Commons


Also of Interest

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