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The Folger Shakespeare Library, established on Capitol Hill in 1932 as a gift to the American people, is home to the world’s largest collection of First Folios, the book that gave us Shakespeare. Learn more about the First Folio and see other treasures from the Shakespeare collection.The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection
Learn more about the playhouses of Shakespeare’s time, including the Globe, and what it would have been like to see a performance there.Shakespeare’s Theater
Dive into the vast Folger collection to discover more about Shakespeare and the early modern world. Get support from our Researcher Services team, and explore scholarly programs and fellowship opportunities with Folger Institute.Exploring Shakespeare & the Folger Collection
Read, search, and download the full texts of Shakespeare's plays and poems, available online for free. High school teachers can find Shakespeare lesson plans and professional development at Folger Teaching.Studying and Teaching Shakespeare
The Wonder of Will: The Campaign for the Folger Shakespeare Library is raising $50 million to support a major building renovation project and the Folger’s many programs that bring Shakespeare and his world to life for scholars, students, enthusiasts, and you. A new pavilion will feature exhibition galleries and accessible, inviting public spaces.The Wonder of Will
FROM THE DIRECTOR
As an institution representing the arts and humanities, part of our role in civic life is to take deep questions and deep disagreements and meet them with a knowledge of history and a passion for greater understanding.
Upcoming Folger Events & Programs
Sept 21Folger Consort
Sept 23-25Folger Consort
Oct 6Virtual Book Club
Nov 23 – Jan 01Folger Theatre
Supporting teachers is more important than ever now. Folger Education has launched an online home for teacher members, Folger Teaching. Teachers can download lesson plans, participate in professional development workshops, and connect to a wide range of related Folger programs and resources.