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Shakespeare in the Rose Main Reading Room


Most of the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman building are closed-stacked, i.e., we bring them to you. But on the 3rd floor, the Rose Main Reading Room maintains open, very open stacks of about 30,000 volumes on every subject, not just the humanities and social sciences which is our collection strength.

Here is a picture of the Shakespeare section, on the short shelves at the north-east corner. In addition to the complete works, it holds critical editions, concordances, bibliographies, quote-books, variorums, etymologies, narrative and dramatic sources, indexes, biographies and a healthy dose of criticism. In short, something for the beginner, and something for the pro. I rather wish I had it at home.

So when you come by for an event during Shakespeare Week (April 15-20), why not have a look, check a fact, read a scene, or just admire the gorgeous Reading Room.


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