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:

  • 28,000 produced television scripts

  • 5,800 produced film scripts

  • 1,300 radio scripts

  • 150 new media and video game scripts

  • 3,000 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

  • WGA history

  • 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)

Every writer, whether they’re paid or not, is a working writer, but they need inspiration. Sitting in the Writers Guild Foundation Library surrounded by thoughts and success was always inspiring to me.
— Matthew Weiner, creator of MAD MEN

Unfortunately, we are not a lending library. Scripts and other materials, including DIGITAL SCRIPTS, may not be emailed, scanned, borrowed or photocopied.  For more info on why, see our 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 library@wgfoundation.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 we don’t have something you want to read, send us an email. We regularly ask writers to donate scripts and are open to suggested titles.