The Shakespeare Institute is a research and postgraduate centre within the University of Birmingham, based in Stratford-upon-Avon. The library has been developed as a working collection for the Institute's members and also serves as the University's central resource for English Renaissance literature. As one of the top libraries for the study of Shakespeare in Europe it is used by UK and international Shakespeare scholars. Check out our virtual tour.
The Library contains 60,000 volumes, archives, manuscripts, and audio-visual collections. We aim to collect every significant publication for the study of Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and the supporting collections cover literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history of the period.