The Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library is the only library on the planet focused entirely on writing for the screen.
It is open to the public and home to over 40,000 items.
Our mission is to preserve and promote the craft, history, and voices of screen storytelling. To meet that goal, we collect scripts and related materials, and make them available to everyone who comes to visit—not just Writers Guild members. We provide wireless internet and a quiet place for writers to work.
Most of our collection consists of produced film, television, radio and video game scripts—many of which have received major writing awards (WGA, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, etc). We also collect writers’ papers, books, periodicals, and other materials on the history, biography, art, craft and business of writing for entertainment media.
The collection includes:
29,000 produced television scripts
6,200 produced film scripts
1,300 radio scripts
150 new media and video game scripts
3,300 books on writing, writers, and the entertainment industry
1,400 taped programs, events, seminars, and interviews held by WGF and WGA
The library provides reference help on topics such as:
Writers’ credits and biographies
History of writers in Hollywood
Major industry writing awards
Books and magazines on film and television writing
Locating scripts in other collections
Research strategies, copyright basics, and matters related to creative and business aspects of writing (See the library’s FAQ)
Unfortunately, we are not a lending library. Scripts and other materials, including DIGITAL SCRIPTS, may not be emailed, scanned, borrowed, photocopied or accessed from home. Screenplays and teleplays are intellectual property owned by the studios and producers who paid for them to be written. Copyright is owned by the companies who made the project. The copies that we offer to read in our Library are for research and educational purposes. You can see more in a blog post here.
Areas of collection needs are development outlines for produced film and TV, annotated scripts, current television pilots, children’s program materials, and scripts from diverse voices, including women writers and independent and foreign cinema. If you work in the industry and want to help by donating scripts, please get in touch with a librarian by calling or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you are interested in donating your own or a family member’s archival collection, email the library or call the Archivist at 323-782-4680.
If you are a library science/MLIS grad student and interested in volunteering or interning, send an email to email@example.com.