The Costume Library

Thank you for your support of NWU Theatre! The health and safety of our patrons, students, faculty and staff is our greatest concern. Due to the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to suspend public access to the costume library for the remainder of the Spring 2020 theatre season.  We will no longer have regular business hours. If you need to return costumes, please email costumelibrary [at] or call 402-465-2390 to make arrangements. If you have other questions, email theatre [at] Check our website for updates on NWU’s response to COVID-19.



About the costume library
With over 40,000 costumes in stock and an inventory that is ever increasing and evolving, you're sure to find the perfect outfit at The Costume Library. We also have an amazing array of props, from chairs and tables to suitcases and swords. Whether you need a single vintage hat or costumes to outfit a large cast, let us help you get the job done. We even offer discounts for schools!

Location and Open Hours
We are located on the NWU campus in the Elder Speech and Theatre Building at 51st and Huntington St. We are open Monday to Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., when class is in session from August to May.

Rental period
Rental period is two weeks for individuals, and a refundable deposit equal to the rental price will be required at the time of rental. The rental period for schools and organizations is four weeks, and no deposit is required. We accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards.

Contact Us
Have a question? Call Julie Wilshusen at 402.465.2390, email costumelibrary [at], or stop by the Elder Theatre Center Building at 51st and Huntington.

Our costume inventory includes:

  • Animals
  • Asian/Scottish/German attire
  • Band Uniforms
  • Biblical Costumes
  • Choir Robes
  • Children's Costumes
  • Classic Halloween Costumes
  • Dance Costumes
  • Distressed Clothing
  • Fantasy Costumes
  • Furs/Capes/Coats
  • Hats
  • Hoop skirts/petticoats
  • Men's/Women's historical dress
  • Men's/Women's 20th century cress
  • Military Uniforms
  • Pajamas and sleepwear
  • Peasant/ethnic wear
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Stuffing and padding
  • Tuxedos and suits
  • Various professional uniforms
  • Wedding dresses
  • Western/Native American wear

You may also choose costumes from the following show plots:

  • Aida
  • Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Grease
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Macbeth (modern/gothic)
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Oklahoma!
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Pharaoh's New Robes
  • The Sound of Music
  • Twelfth Night
  • and so much more!