Important News as of September 29, 2020
LIBRARY CLOSURE UNTIL OCTOBER 28TH
The library employees hope that you and your loved ones are well during these strange times.
Following the long closure of the school and the library since Friday March 13, we are now getting ready to reopen the library this coming fall. Here is a summary of the conditions of our reopening.
First, in order to compensate for the long period during which the library has been closed, memberships to the library that were still valid on March 13 will be extended by the length of time equivalent to the period “lost” on your membership, up to a maximum of 6 months.
As mentioned before, all loans have been extended until next September 15, and there will be no late fees for the period of March 13 to September 15.
The library will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday September 8, in compliance with all social distancing norms and safety standards required by the health authorities.
Unfortunately, because of changes to the school’s schedule, the library will not be open in the evenings:
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: noon to 4 p.m.
In order to protect visitors and employees, the number of visitors inside the library will be limited to 8 people at a time.
In order to respect that small number, priority access will be given to students and school employees from noon until 4 p.m. Outside members will have priority between 10 a.m. and noon, and from 4 to 6 p.m.; of course, visitors will also be able to access the library between noon and 4 p.m., but admittance will be dependent on the number of people already inside the library.
BORROWING OF DOCUMENTS
As always, members will be able to borrow documents in person at the library, or else by reserving them via email or phone. It will also be possible to reserve documents directly inside the library catalogue. (By clicking on the button RESERVE in the document notice.)
Those who choose to reserve documents via the catalogue, email or phone will have to wait for an email message from the library confirming that the documents have been set aside for them. They will then have 5 (working) days (N.B.: For students, this period is 3 working days) to come and fetch the documents. Documents that have not been claimed during this period will be made available again to other users and a new request will have to be made to borrow them. Please note that because of the potentially high number of requests, preparation of documents could take up to 1 day.
RETURN OF DOCUMENTS
In order to limit traffic at the library counter, the return of documents will be done via the blue book-return box ONLY. Please note that the box has been moved and is now located in the school’s front entrance hall, near reception. PLEASE do not return books at the library counter.
We ask you to please disinfect your hands before opening the book-return box to slip your documents inside. (N.B. : Disinfectant will be available nearby.)
Documents returned to the library will be placed in quarantine for a period of 3 days (72 hours) before being made available again. Also, in order to minimise the risks of contamination, documents will go through a basic disinfection when they are placed in quarantine.
Please do not hesitate to contact us via email or phone if you have any questions or concerns.
We look forward to seeing you again in September. Until then, stay well.
The library team
Origins of the collection
Back in the 1940s, members of Montreal Repertory Theatre began assembling a collection dramatic works and books on theatre that would later become the starting point for the NTS library.
Originally part of the Community Players Theatre Library, the collection was turned over to NTS in the early 1960s and has steadily continued to grow to become the outstanding resource that it is today.
The Bleviss Family Library is home to a collection of over 100,000 documents, making it the most comprehensive bilingual documentation centre for theatre arts in Canada and one of the largest in the world.
Alan Bleviss (Acting, 1966)
Actor Alan Bleviss (1941-2017), originally from Edmonton, attended the National Theatre School (NTS) and graduated 1966.
Endowed with an exceptionally deep, rich voice, Alan gained his reputation as a fine actor while working as a voice-over artist. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, his voice was featured in hundreds of Hollywood movie trailers and was the official voice of several major companies. During the 1970s and 1980s, his was one the most recognizable voices in the voice acting industry.
Nevertheless, Alan Bleviss never forgot where he had first received his professional training and worked tirelessly to further the School’s mission. A long-serving member of the Board of Directors (1990-2016), he was appointed a Life Governor in 2016 and, among other things, financed many of the Alumni Association’s activities and set up special student bursary funds.
It is in recognition of his exceptional commitment to the School and great generosity that NTS named its library the Bleviss Family Library.
Starting from the 1940s, the Community Players Theatre Library collection was available to theatre enthusiasts in Montreal and across the province. And, still today, in addition to members of the NTS community (students, teachers and staff), anyone interested in the theatre arts who has a paid annual membership can have access to the library and use its services.
What the collection contains
The Bleviss Family Library houses over 100,000 documents pertaining to the theatre arts and other relevant fields.
Within the collection’s most comprehensive sections, you will find:
- Tens of thousands of published dramatic works in English and French from Quebec, Canada, and around the world
- over 5,500 manuscripts (unpublished texts), in both French and English, received directly from the authors, translators, adapters, etc.
- an impressive collection of books on costumes and fashion
- press releases about the theatre world, actors, dramatic works, theatre companies, etc.
For external students and people who are preparing for auditions, the library also holds a monologue bank* comprised of thousands of scenes in Quebec and international French, available for on-site consultation only.
(*only in French)
Whether you are an actor or set designer, director or playwright, stage manager or artistic director, whether you work professionally or as an amateur, the NTS Bleviss Family Library will probably have what you are looking for.
The Library - A gathering place
In addition to providing essential resources for NTS students and teachers—as well as for the greater theatre community of Montreal and elsewhere—the library is also a wonderful gathering place for the NTS community and regularly hosts a variety of activities such as play readings and poetry or song nights. These bilingual evening events, open to anyone, are organized at various times throughout the school year and play an important role within the School.
In compliance with the directives from the Public Heath authorities, the Bleviss Family Library at the National Theatre School has to once again close its doors to the outside community until October 28.