Library of Congress Call Numbers for Theatre

Use this call number chart to better understand how theatre books are classified and arranged on the library shelves, and for browsing for theatre books and journals.

PN 1600-2000 Literature. Drama

PN 1600 Periodicals, Yearbooks

PN 1625 Dictionaries

PN 1630 General Works

PN 1660-1669 Technique of Dramatic composition

PN 1691 Construction of the play

PN 1707 Criticism

PN 1720-1730 History

PN 1731-1861 Drama by period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, etc.)

PN 1831-1861 Modern (17th to 20th century)

PN 1865 One-act plays

PN 1872-1879 Historical Plays

PN 1892 Tragedy

PN 1922 Comedy

PN 1950 Science Fiction Plays

PN 1962 Vaudeville

PN 1972-1982 Puppet Theater

PN 1985-1988 Pantomimes

PN 2000-4400 Dramatic Representation. The Theater

PN 2000-2021 Periodicals, Yearbooks, Societies

PN 2035 Dictionaries

PN 2039 Philosophy

PN 2053 Management, administration, production

PN 2055- 2073 Acting

PN 2074 Theater as a Profession

PN 2080 Monologues and audition scenes

PN 2085-2091 The Stage and Accessories

PN 2098 Theater Posters

PN 2100-2193 History

PN 2131-2179 By Period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, etc.)

PN 2181-2193 Modern

PN 2219-3030 Special regions or countries

PN 3151-3171 Amateur Theatricals

PN 3175-3191 College and School Theatricals

PN 3203-3299 Tableaux, pageants, "happenings", etc.

PN 4305 Audition scenes and monologues


Drama is also scattered by nationality: individual or collective plays are catalogued according to literatures of countries, then by author. Check the Library of Congress Classification Schedules for subject headings and call numbers. For example:
  • PQ=Romance Literatures
  • PT= Germanic Literatures
  • PR= English Literature
  • PS= American Literature, etc.

Updated September 22, 2003 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen