Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!
Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading innovator in the preservation of rare materials. Its well-known public programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities, and exhibitions, as well as numerous K–12 and college programs for students and teachers. Advanced scholars participate in a variety of Folger Institute seminars and colloquia.
May 12 – June 21
In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight.
A special evening to honor the best in American fiction, with award finalists and winner Atticus Lish, hosted by B.J. Novak.
Join the former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet as she shares both original work and favorite poems.
Upcoming at the Folger
April 24-26Talks, Screenings & More
May 2PEN/Faulkner Fiction
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Recounting Shakespeare's Life
During the past four centuries, when and how did biographers learn about Shakespeare's life? And does knowing about any writer's biography, including Shakespeare's, make any difference in how we respond to their work?
Emily Jordan Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival
You're never too young for Shakespeare!
Every spring, the Folger Children's Festival brings hundreds of students in grades 3–6 together on our stage and in our Great Hall to perform Shakespeare for one another. Applications for this year's festival are now being accepted.
The Folger collection includes some 60,000 handwritten documents dating from the 15th to the 21st century, offering unique windows onto life in Shakespeare’s time, later writers' fascination with Shakespeare, and the development of the English theater over the centuries.
2015–2016 Scholarly Programs
The Folger Institute gathers scholars to work together around specific topics relating to Shakespeare and his time. Program formats vary, with offerings lasting a weekend or a year and participants drawing from faculty or graduate students. Funding for participants is often available to support travel and lodging.