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Musical Theater: Find Books & Librettos

Use SUMMON to Find Books, Ebooks, and Librettos

SUMMON searches:

  • Print books at SU Libraries, including full-text indexing for titles also in Google Books
  • Ebooks from various publisher collections
  • Public domain digital book scans in HathiTrust Digital Library

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SUMMON Search Tips

To find librettos:

  • Enter the word "librettos" followed by the show title in its entirety, adding quotation marks to search as a phrase, i.e. librettos "Sweeney Todd"
  • Limit your search results to content type "Books-e-books" on the left
  • If needed, additionally limit to subject terms "librettos"

To find books:

Browsing books and choosing different keywords can be a good place to start when you are beginning research. Try some of the following strategies, or search using your own terms:


  • Musicals--History and criticism
  • Musicals--New York (State)--New York--History and criticism.
  • Musicals--United States
  • Musicals--Librettos [NOTE: not "libretti" or "librettoes"]
  • Musicals--Production and direction
  • Musical theater
  • Musical theater--California--San Francisco
  • Musical theater--History
  • Acting in musical theater
  • Musicals--Instruction and study
  • Musical theater--Instruction and study

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WorldCat is a world catalog of libraries that participate in SU Libraries' inter-library loan network. Search here for books, scores and recordings in other libraries, and we will borrow it for you, free of charge.

Find something you like? Collect the citation and place an inter-library loan request. PDFs of articles usually arrive in 1-2 days, and books usually arrive in 5-8 business days.

  • Use the advanced search and the same subject headings from the SU catalog.
  • Be sure to limit by format (book, musical score, recording)
  • If on-campus, look for the "Interlibrary Loan" link to transfer the citation directly to our ILL request form.

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