Additional Script Libraries

We are not the only organization in LA that collects scripts and there are many other libraries outside of LA (mostly universities) that also have collections of scripts and entertainment industry ephemera. The following list is not comprehensive of all writers’ collections but is a good starting point. We’ve also prepared a guide to locating specific screenwriters and/or projects from the past (in general, titles aired/released more than 15-20 years ago). In many cases, especially in academic institutions, scripts are just one format among many that can found in archival collections and they can be accompanied by material such as correspondence, memos, notes, production schedules, call sheets, set photos, etc.

Most of these institutions do not permit loans or photocopying of their script collections but you can get in touch with staff librarians regarding your inquiries.

Motion Picture Scripts: A Union List

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library maintains an index of screenplays held in the collections of 6 libraries in the metropolitan Los Angeles area.

The database can be accessed online at and is updated monthly.

The Writers Guild Foundation Library collection is included in this union list.

Los Angeles Area Institutions

Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library
333 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Academy Primary Number: 310.247.3000
Telephone Reference/General Inquiries: 310.247.3020

American Film Institute (AFI)
Louis B. Mayer Library
2021 N. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Autry Museum of the American West
Library and Archives
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Los Angeles Public Library - Hollywood Branch
Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library (HRL)
1623 N. Ivar Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Thousand Oaks Public Library
American Radio Archives
1401 E. Janss Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

University of California, Los Angeles
Special Collections
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(by appointment only)

University of Southern California (USC)
Cinematic Arts Library
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0182

Selected Other Institutions with Script Collections 

Brigham Young University
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
Harold B. Lee Library
2060 HBLL
Provo, UT 84602

Indiana University
The Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500

New York Public Library 
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498

New York State Archives - may provide photocopies for a fee
Motion Picture Scripts Collection
New York State Education Department, Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-8955

Syracuse University
Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture
S.I. Newhouse School of Publication
Syracuse, NY 13244

The University of Texas at Austin
Harry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, Texas 78712

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
2111 Willett Drive
Centennial Complex
Laramie, WY 82071-3924

Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Center For Film and Theater Research
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706