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The Melissa Yandell Smith Library supports A.C.T. artists (students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists) by providing access to the information they need for their work in the conservatory and theater.

30 Grant Branch

Our browsing location is located on the 8th Floor of 30 Grant and contains two thousand plays and music scores, as well as computers to search the entire collection. Items not available at 30 Grant may be requested from the 345 Mason collection.

30 Grant Library Hours | Week of Mar 4

Monday 12-8 p.m.

Tuesday 12-7 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday 12-8 p.m.

Friday 1-4 p.m.

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

Our library branch is staffed mainly by volunteers, so hours can vary. Feel free to call to confirm open hours: 415-439-2453.

345 Mason (Toni Rembe Theatre) Collection 

The full library collection is available by appointment and contains nearly 15,000 titles, including play scripts, books, videos, language and music recordings, music scores, and theater periodicals. To schedule an appointment to access the full collection, email library@act-sf.org.

Library Resources

Library Catalog
Search the collection, see what’s new, or put items on hold. For more information about creating your online library profile to place holds, click here.

Drama Online
A.C.T. library users have access to select collections in the Drama Online Library, including play scripts, videos, audio, and books. Please contact library@act-sf.org for login credentials.

Circulation Policies

Who Can Borrow

The Melissa Y. Smith Library is open to:

  • All A.C.T. staff, students, and visiting artists
  • Drama teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District

If you would like to request access for your organization, please email library@act-sf.org.

Loan Periods
Books, audiocassettes, scripts, journals, sound recordings: 2 weeks
Video recordings: 3 days

Renewals
Video recordings cannot be renewed. All other materials may be renewed twice, provided they are not overdue and no fines are pending. Renewals may be done in person, by phone at 415.439.2432, or by emailing library@act-sf.org.

Fees
We do not charge overdue fines. Fees for lost or damaged items may be charged, up to a maximum of $30.

Melissa Yandell Smith

A.C.T.’s library is named by generous support from the Melissa Yandell Smith Legacy Fund, which was established to honor longtime Conservatory Director Melissa Smith. The Melissa Yandell Smith Legacy Fund supports A.C.T. and provides additional support for the Conservatory students and program that were her life’s work.

Volunteer Opportunities

The A.C.T. performing arts library contains more than 8,500 plays, periodicals, and theater-related publications. Volunteer duties include checking out and shelving books, answering student inquiries, and other special projects. For more information, email library@act-sf.org.

Read more about volunteer opportunities at A.C.T. here.