Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

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      +44 (0)121 414 9525
  • Address
    • Shakespeare Institute Library, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6HP, England, UK
  • Directions
    • The Shakespeare Institute and Shakespeare Institute Library are based at the same site, but there are separate entrances for accessing each building. The library and the entrance to the car park can be found on Chestnut Walk, Stratford-upon- Avon, CV37 6HQ. At the gates, there is an intercom. Press '2' on the intercom and a member of staff can open the gates for you. Follow the path located to the right of the car park and you will find the library at the end of the path, before the path turns left.
  • Opening Hours
    • Monday-Wednesday 09.00-17.00, Thursday-Friday 09.00-19.00, Second Saturday of the month 09.00-17.00. Access after 17:00 and at weekends is by valid UID or Library card only.
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  • History

    The Shakespeare Institute Library, also known as the Johnson Library, contains over 60,000 volumes, archives, manuscripts, and audio-visual collections relating to Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. This includes a wide variety of different publications covering the literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history of the period​. Our holdings and the other work of the library helps to support the campus-based and online postgraduate degrees delivered by the Shakespeare Institute​. We aim to collect every significant publication required for these studies. The library opened in 1995 on the Shakespeare Institute's site at Mason Croft. We are a part of the Special Collections division of Library Services at the University of Birmingham​.