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About us

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.

Our mission

  • To make our collection accessible
  • To advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writings and the culture of the early modern world
  • To preserve and enhance our collection

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, find our land acknowledgement, and learn more about the Folger’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA).

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