Join the Nola Millar Library to borrow from our extensive performing arts collection.

Individuals can become subscription members (but not organisations). Annual membership runs from 12 months from the month of joining (for example, from August 2011 to August 2012).

Membership may be restricted for school students and students of other performing arts institutions. However, students are welcome to use the library for reference. Contact the library for more information.

Download a membership form (211kb).

Fax this form to +64 4 389 4996 or post it to:
Nola Millar Library
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
PO Box 7146, Newtown, Wellington 6242.

Annual subscription rates

Graduates of Toi Whakaari or NZ School of Dance $50
Others $70

Finding what you want

You can use the online catalogue to find resources. There are three search options — two for general searching (a basic search and an “advanced” one with more options) both of which will search the entire collection, and one for searching the play collection. In the Play Search you can search by cast number, cast analysis, genre, length, etc.

The catalogue is updated daily. There are links to lists of new resources on the catalogue home page and there is continuing access to previous lists for a few months.


The Library will post resources to members outside the Wellington suburban transport region. The Library pays the outgoing postage (but reserves the right to charge for heavy or frequent parcels); the borrower pays the return postage. Simply contact the library by email, phone or fax with your request. If you live locally, come in to the library during opening hours to collect the items you want to borrow.

There is no limit to the number of items you can borrow. The loan period is 30 days for books and plays, and 14 days for audio-visual materials. Provided that items are not needed by another borrower, you can renew your loan yourself by logging in to the catalogue, or contact the Library to do it for you.

Information for teachers

The Library is resourced primarily to serve the students and staff of Toi Whakaari and the New Zealand School of Dance. This is reflected both in the collections and the areas of expertise of its staff.

For help with NCEA topics or suggestions of plays and other resources suitable for school students, you may find the email discussion group Dramanet useful. This national forum has been established to help drama teachers to discuss issues, request help and share resources. Another source of information and resources is the National Library, which, through its Services for Schools, offers a free service to primary, intermediate and secondary school teachers, providing both selection and provision of a range of resources specifically targeted to support the current school curricula.

Using the Play Search screen in our catalogue, you can generate lists of plays which:

  • are by a specific playwright
  • are written by playwrights from a specific country
  • have a specific number of characters, or specific numbers of men and women

If you are unable to find suitable plays in our catalogue, you might like to try other websites which provide a cast breakdown and synopsis such as Playmarket or Doollee. Other possible sources for borrowing or hiring single copies and sets of copies are your local public library (including its interlibrary loan services), Theatre New Zealand or PlayBureau.