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Research at the Folger

Applying for a Reader Card

The Folger Shakespeare Library welcomes researchers (known here as "readers") from across the United States and around the world.  To apply for reading privileges, please select the category that best reflects your needs and submit your application materials to registrar@folger.edu. All applicants

must show a current government-issued photo I.D. on arrival.


If applying by mail, please address correspondence to:

The Librarian

c/o Reader Registrar
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003


Regular Readers


Regular readers are generally full-time academic faculty, librarians, curators, or individuals pursuing doctoral or post-doctoral research.


Learn more about qualifications and how to apply for a Regular Reader card here. 


Academic Programs Participants


Participants in academic programs sponsored by the Folger may apply for reading privileges.


Learn more about qualifications and how to apply for a Academic Program Participant Reader card here. 


Special-Permission Readers

Undergraduate students, graduate students not yet at the doctoral level, educators, theater professionals, and other individuals may also access the Folger collections.


Learn more about qualifications and how to apply for a Special-Permission Reader card here.

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Additional Information

If you have questions about becoming a reader or the Folger collections, please email us.


Questions about becoming a reader should be sent to registrar@folger.edu.


Please email reference questions about the Folger collections to 

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