SCDA Library

The Scottish Community Drama Association

National Script Library at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Welcomes visitors,

Choosing your next play?

                         Want scripts for a workshop or reading group?   

Visit us to peruse the SCDA’s shelves or download the catalogue on this page.

To far to travel ? 

     A postal service is available. Contact the Library for details

Please Note

  • All visits are by appointment only
  • Visitor number are limited to avoid congestion
  • If you have been given a time and are unable to attend   please let the Librarian know
  • Extension of visits are at the discretion of the librarian.


All Visitors must comply with Summerhall rules while in the venue.

To make an appointment email

Normal Opening Times 

Tuesday : 14:15 to 18:30

(times may be reduced due to staff availability )
Other times by special arrangements with librarians

The National Script Library of Scottish Community Drama Association is located at Summerhall  Arts Centre, 1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh.  It is not in the main building but is across the courtyard in Taconic building to the right - on the third floor in room 3.6. (not as shown on google maps)

The library contains over 25,000 one-act and full-length play scripts – Classic Theatre, Modern Drama, Pantomime, Musicals, Youth Theatre, Out-of-Prints and Unpublished work -all available for loan to SCDA members and to Friends Of The Library.

Friends of the Library’ pay an annual fee of £12 for an individual and £24 for a club / group.

 Members or Friends coming to the Library personally may borrow scripts for a period of up to nine weeks for reading purposes.

Please note:-  If ordering by post postage costs are recovered.  

SCDA Library Terms and Conditions

Friends of Library Scheme Application Forms

Club/Group Application     

Individual Application

The catalogue is a work in progress with scripts being added weekly.

The searchable list is in Microsoft excel format and only includes volumes containing a single play script.    

If you cannot find what you are looking for, it could be in one of our many collections.   

Contact us and we will look for you.

But please remember that due to this service being managed by volunteers only a basic listing is on each entry is done

Scripts, if listed by a type or genre:  This listing  should be taken as a guidance only and is not definitive.

Casting or specific questions relating to content generally cannot be answered.

With in excess of 30,000 scripts, books of scripts and other documents, some dating back to  the 1920's, the task of doing a full summary catalogue entry would be almost impossible as each script would have to be read by at least 3 persons to facilitate a balanced entry.

The Senior Librarian is          Mrs. Alison McCallum, assisted by  Mr. Gordon Hastie.

and a small team of helpers

All enquires to the Library direct by

Or the contact us button

These lists will be updated over every few months

spring 2022 updates added


Excel Collections Spreadsheet

Adult Female

Aldult Male

Youth cast

1Act scripts Excel Spreadsheet

NOTE: It is not recommended to print the catalogue as it is over 1100 pages.

This video is rather old but may gaive an idea about the location

Summerhall video of SCDA Library

(PDF - you need Adobe Reader)

Download Here