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Regular Readers

Regular readers are typically academic faculty, doctoral candidates, librarians, curators, or Folger docents.


Reader's cards for regular readers are good for one year from date of issue. Cards may be renewed annually.




1. Full-time faculty from colleges and universities who are working in a field supported by Folger collections.

2. PhDs and PhD candidates (who have successfully completed qualifying exams) working in a field of study supported by Folger collections.

3. Librarians and curators from research institutions.

4. Folger docents (if they do not fall under any of the categories above) who have completed 600 hours or six years of consecutive service.


To apply: Submit one letter of reference from a professional colleague that verifies your qualifications. All letters must be from an institutional email address or on preprinted letterhead signed by the referee. Emailed references may be sent to registrar@folger.edu.


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

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