The books listed below are some of the sources used by William Shakespeare in the writing of his plays and poetry. Many of them are the actual editions that Shakespeare may have used. Others are 17th century editions of books available to Shakespeare. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of Shakespeare's source material! The titles listed are the ones that we happen to have available in the Rare Books Collection. Other sources may be available to you in reprints or in electronic formats.
The Rare Books Collection at ZSR Library contains over 50,000 volumes dating from the 13th through the 21st centuries. To find other relevant materials, search the library catalog or contact Megan Mulder.