Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. The Folger welcomes millions of visitors online and in person. We provide unparalleled access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations. With the Folger, you can experience the power of performance, the wonder of exhibitions, and the excitement of pathbreaking research. We offer the opportunity to see and even work with early modern sources, driving discovery and transforming education for students of all ages.
Shakespeare belongs to you. His world is vast. Come explore. Join us online, on the road, or in Washington, DC.
The Folger’s Annual Report highlights our programs, thanks our generous donors, and provides an overview of our financial statements.
- To preserve and enhance our collection
- To make our collection accessible to scholars and others who can use it productively
- To advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writings and the culture of the early modern world.
The Folger, which was a gift to the American people from its founders Henry and Emily Folger, opened in 1932. In addition to being the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger is home to major collections of other rare books, manuscripts, and works of art from the early modern period.
What we do
Located a block from the US Capitol, the Folger serves a wide community of scholars, visitors, teachers, students, families, and audience members. We create experiences, transform education, and drive discovery.
Who we are
Meet our Board of Governors and staff members.
Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Read a message from Folger Director Michael Witmore and learn more about the Folger’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA).
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