Available online, these catalogs offer metadata, images, audio, video and text that could be used from anywhere with Internet connection:

  • for books from the collection (the oldest one was published in 1824);
  • for articles from periodicals (the oldest article is from 30 September 1863), parts of various publications in the fields of cinema and theater and theatre plays published in periodicals;
  • for dissertations, habilitation theses and diploma theses, defended at NATFA;
  • for non-traditional informational carriers – electronic documents uploaded on CDs.

Catalogue Books, parts of Books, Articles, PhD Theses and CDs


There are Modules, elaborated for specific fund collections:

  • Theatrical Productions – containing information about productions, created on NATFA educational stages (from the first “Duel” in 1957), as well as about productions, performed at the staged of other theaters.
  • Films Catalogue – containing all titles that are included in the film library (with a detailed description of the creative team, duration, series, nominations, awards).



(Resources for a free use on Internet)



(FROM 06.11.2023 TO 18.12.2023)


This award-winning digital library has been created as a response to the need for a high-quality online research tool for drama and literature students, professors, and teachers. It is the only resource to combine exclusively available playtext content and scholarly publications with filmed live performances, film adaptations, and audio plays.

Drama Online is a fast-growing study resource which now features nearly 4,500 playtexts from over 1,700 playwrights, nearly 450 audio plays, more than 770 hours of video, and nearly 650 scholarly books from leading theatre publishers and companies, offering a complete multimedia experience of theatre.

Our unique Play Tools feature includes Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs, and Part Books offering new ways to engage with plays for close study or performance. Video content is supported by an Interactive Transcript Player and new Video Clipping functionality.

From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover.

See what Drama Online has to offer by exploring the content types below. You can also download a short summary of our collections (‘Collections List’) here.

Short video lesson :

List with the collections: HERE

The trial access can be used on the territory of the Academy, in the student dormitory, or remotely, and is intended for teachers, doctoral students, and students of NATFA.

For remote access, it is necessary to use username and password, which you can obtain from the following emails: or, or you can come in person to the library.



Web of Science is a reference database in the field of natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. It allows statistical data related to the scientific results and their quality.



Password: B18n@tfiz

Access is provided by the Ministry of Education and Science by the end of 2021.

Important! The use of the information is possible only on NATFA’s premises! NATFA’s Library staff is at your disposal to answer questions about your informational search.


 SCOPUS is a bibliographic and reference database. Indexes 18,000 scientific publications in the field of humanities, social, technical, and medical sciences from 5,000 publishers. It also offers opportunities for bibliometric analysis and citation tracking.

Link:  (


Password: bibnatfiz

Access is provided by the Ministry of Education and Science by the end of 2021.

Important! The use of the information is possible only on NATFA’s premises! NATFA’s Library staff is at your disposal to answer questions about your informational search.


Open Library project contains hundreds of thousands of scanned books – a courtesy of the Internet Archive. It includes many classic literature works and copyright-free works existing in the public domain. Books could be read in a browser (with an active Internet connection) or could be downloaded to a tablet, or a smartphone.

The Open Library project provides thousands of library records freely available to anyone. You could help building up the Open Library by adding your own records.

The library catalogs that are already uploaded include: San Francisco Public Library, the Library of Congress, Harvard University’s HOLLIS catalog, and the University of North Carolina Library.


Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.


Europeana is a European web portal that brings together digitized images of objects reflecting different aspects of the European culture. This unique electronic library provides access to over 58 million works of art, artifacts, books, photographs, video and audio from across Europe (2018 data). The project was officially launched in November 2008. The information is available in 27 languages.


My library is a Bulgarian electronic web library for books published in Bulgarian. The use of the library is free for the users. Published materials are copyrighted on the names of their creators – writers, poets, illustrators, publishers and others. The website “My Library” does not allow publications to be uploaded before at least 5 calendar years since the year of their first edition/publication in Bulgaria.

We are looking for contacts with all living Bulgarian authors to obtain explicit permission to publish their works online.


ELIA – European League of the Institutes of the Arts

European network for professional exchange and development in the field of higher education in the arts.


IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts

This network consists of over 500 organisations and individuals, working in the field of performing arts across the world: theatre, dance circus, performances, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media.


Website of prof. Iskra Niokolova with materials on world literature


Literature plus culture – Аrchive of the Theatre Magazine since 2006 until today.


Bulgarian Portal for Open Science  Open access to scientific information and data is one of the priorities of the strategic documents related to development of science, research, innovation, and dissemination of scientific achievements.


Еlectronic Library on Archive Science and DocumentaryAcad. Ivan Duichev” – monographs on world history


Bulgarian Visual Archive (BVA) – explaining in a visual way Bulgaria during the 20th century trough photographs –both found and donated. The archive is growing due to assistance from its audience. All photographers in the Archive are free for download and for personal, as well as commercial use.

Dictionary of the Bulgarian Literature after the Liberation – This Digital Dictionary of Bulgarian Literature after the Liberation is being developed by the Institute of Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Contains articles about poets, fiction writers, playwrights, critics and researchers of the Bulgarian literature after the Liberation, articles about literary trends, periodicals, photographs, facsimiles, manuscripts, as well as documents in development. Valuable records have been selected in the section “Voices of the Bulgarian Writers”. Each article contains an extensive bibliography.


Academy of Fine Arts Vienna – repositorium. These are open-access books in English language in the field of arts and culture.


E-Books Directory – This is a growing list of links to 10 849 freely available e-books, papers and lecture notes. The publications are in the field of science, applied-science and fiction. The site can be used by mobile devices with small screen sizes. The documents are divided into 709 categories. The language is English.