University Library DePaul Library

We have is an eclectic mix of screenplays in our collections at both Loop and Richardson Libraries--major Hollywood films along with smaller independent films. The trick is to search the library catalog using the phrase "motion picture plays" which is the official subject or topic term for scripts/screenplays: Sample Results

  • Many of the results listed will have the name of a film and the word screenplay in the title.
  • Most will be about screenplays as a format but not necessarily about any one particular film script. 
  • Availability in print is going to be hit or miss. Some film scripts just won’t exist. Far fewer television scripts/teleplays exist. 

You can also expand the search beyond DePaul and choose the wider I-Share system:  Sample Results

You can determine the availability of additional screenplays by using the WorldCat search box on the library home page.

  • Search the name of a known film and add the keyword screenplay after.
  • Narrow your results by choosing "print book" from the options shown in left sidebar.
  • Use the "Request via ILLiad" button to submit an interlibrary loan request if something is not available at DePaul or other I-Share libraries: Sample Results

We do not subscribe to any online commercial sources of scripts/screenplays. Instead, take advantage of various free web-based services listed here:

Is there a difference between a script and a screenplay?

It depends on who you ask.

Are you really interested in locating play scripts? If so, then you should be here.