National Library

National Script Library Summerhall


The postal service will resume when restrictions permit.
Script requests go to
Please be patient as circumstances may delay processing.
We would ask that you don’t try and visit the Library. Scripts can however be returned to Summerhall reception with appropriate social distancing measures. 
Please mark all packages with the Library name and your details – it makes Alison’s life so much easier

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 : 14.15 to 18.30 ‘last orders’ or by special arrangement with the librarians.
Please ensure enquiries are made by midnight Mondays for them to be dealt with on the following Tuesdays
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and full-length play scripts – Classic Theatre, Modern Drama, Pantomime, Musicals, Youth Theatre, Out-of-Prints and Unpublished work -all available for loan to SCDA members and to Friends Of The Library. 


‘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.  


The Library volunteers are Alison McCallum, Helen Bannatyne and Gordon Hastie. Walter Hampson assists with IT.
Enquiries are best made by email.
See  booking/enquiry form button below.  Please ensure enquiries are made by midnight Mondays for them to be dealt with on the following Tuesdays


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.

Downloads and Links

Excel Catalogue One Acts Plays by Length All Female All Male
View Video Terms & Conditions Download Map Booking Form