National Library

National Script Library Summerhall

Choosing your next play? Want scripts for a workshop or reading group?   Visit us to peruse the SCDA’s shelves or download  the catalogues using buttons below. A postal service is also available.
Our address is  SCDA National Script Library, Summerhall  Arts Centre, 1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh.
Opening hours are Tuesdays : 14:00 to 19:00 or by special arrangement with the Librarians.

 

How to find us

We are not in the main building but  across the courtyard in the Taconic building to the right – on the third floor in room 3.6. The library contains over 30,000 one-act and full-length play scripts – Classic Theatre, Modern Drama, Pantomime, Musicals, Youth Theatre, Out-of-Prints and Unpublished work -all available for loan to SCDA members and to Friends Of The Library. 

Membership

‘Friends of the Library’ pay an annual fee of £12 for an individual and £20 for a club / group.  SCDA Members or Friends coming to the Library personally may borrow scripts for a period of up to nine weeks for reading purposes. If ordering by post there is an Administration fee of £2 per the first script with 50p per successive scripts and postage costs recovered.  

Staff

The Senior Librarian is Douglas Currie (BEM), pictured center above assisted by L to R, Susan Wales, Liz Doyle, Gordon Hastie, Alison McCallum.
Enquiries are best made by email

Catalogues

The Script Library Catalogue is in MS Excel 2003 format and is about 8Mb and lists over 25,000 scripts. .  The catalogue is a work in progress with scripts being added weekly. The stock from the SCDA library in Aberdeen and the SCDA section at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow has been incorporated.

This searchable list only includes volumes containing a single play script. If you cannot find what you are looking for, it could be in one of our many collections.   Contact us and we will look for you.

The contents of the now closed Sinclairtown Library, Kirkcaldy have just been transferred here.

Downloads and Links

Excel Catalogue One Acts Plays by Length All Female All Male
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