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Reading Room Hours and Scheduled Closings

The Reading Room is open Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm; Saturdays from 9am to noon and from 1 to 4:30pm. (Please note that rare items are not paged on Saturdays. To order rare items ahead for an upcoming Saturday visit, e-mail your list to:  readingroom@folger.edu).


Exhibition hall hours and closings


The Reading Room is closed on federal holidays, including the following dates:



Wednesday, January 1
New Year's Day


Monday, January 20
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Monday, February 17
Washington's Birthday


Wednesday, April 23
Please note that the reading rooms close at noon today and reopen at noon on Thursday, April 24 in preparation for the Folger Gala. The exhibition hall is closed.

Monday, May 26
Memorial Day


Friday, July 4
Independence Day


Monday, September 1
Labor Day


Monday, October 13
Columbus Day


Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day


Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Day


Thursday, December 25 - Saturday, December 27


NOTE: The Library generally follows the federal government's procedures for closings and delayed openings during inclement weather. If you have any questions regarding our hours, call (202) 675-0309 before 8:45am and (202) 544-4600 from 8:45am to 4:45pm for information, or visit opm.gov.

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PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623