During Construction

Stay up-to-date about the building project and what it means for your Folger experience by signing up for email newsletters or following the Folger on social media.

Capitol Hill neighbors can also sign up to receive construction updates by email. 

How Does the Building Project Affect You?

The Folger Shakespeare Library is committed to serving all its audiences during the building renovation project and will continue most of its programming virtually and – once conditions allow – around Washington, DC, and across the country. Online offerings – the digital collection, the full texts of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, email newsletters, blogs, podcasts, and other resources – will continue uninterrupted.

See specific information for the following:

Audiences for Folger Theatre, Folger Consort, poetry readings, talks, and other public programs

See our Performances & Events page for a full listing of events, including poetry readings, talks, and family programs. Individual event pages will include specific location information. Many events are being held virtually under guidance from health organizations and local government.

Talks and Readings - virtual book clubs, Shakespeare Lightning Round, Critical Race Conversations, and more

O.B. Hardison Poetry - join us for virtual readings

Folger Consort - watch for schedule updates as a result of COVID-19

Folger Theatre - watch for schedule updates as a result of COVID-19


Members will receive invitations to virtual events and programs associated with their membership level. Once conditions allow, these will be held at local venues while the Folger building is under construction.

Teachers and Students

Programs for teachers and students that traditionally happen onsite at the Folger have moved online or to off-site venues.


Please note that the Reading Rooms are closed during the building renovation project.

Reference Services
The Folger's reference librarians are still available to answer many types of research-related questions.

The Folger Institute is awarding fellowships to support research in collections elsewhere. 

Scholarly Programs
Scholarly programs will continue online and offsite with institutional partners, including our university consortium members.

Before 'Farm to Table'
Programming for the Mellon initiative in collaborative research will continue with institutional partners.

Collection Imaging
Our imaging team will be unavailable during certain periods to fill requests for new photography of collection items.

More Information

Contact / Updates


The Folger is working to minimize the disruption our renovation project will have on the surrounding neighborhood. Traffic patterns around the 201 East Capitol building will remain the same.

Please note that we are currently dismantling the plinth terrace and installing sheeting and shoring after completing pile driving in preparation for major excavation. We are mid-way through a six-to-eight week process. Neighbors should expect noise  the plinth work will involve forklifts which make the beeping sound in reverse, and jackhammers may be used to break up the foundation. There will also be increased (and sustained) truck traffic as supplies and equipment are delivered and debris is removed. 

2nd Street SE
The sidewalk along the garden on 2nd Street SE from the Folger driveway (“Puck Circle”) to East Capitol Street will be closed during most of construction. From time to time a pedestrian walkway may be open, and as needed, there will be signs and persons flagging the foot traffic for safe passing.

East Capitol Street  
The sidewalk in front of the Folger along East Capitol Street SE from 2nd Street SE to 3rd Street SE will be closed. Parking spaces on that block — on both sides of East Capitol Street — will be replaced by a temporary pedestrian walkway on the South side of East Capitol Street and temporary bike lanes on both sides of East Capitol Street. This configuration will be in place until the end of construction. We are waiting to hear from WMATA about the replacement, if any, of the bus stop in front of the Folger on East Capitol Street (near the theater entrance) which will be closed during the project.

3rd Street SE
From the Library of Congress alley to the corner at East Capitol Street, the sidewalk adjacent to the Folger will be closed. Parking on the west of the street from A Street SE to East Capitol Street will be eliminated in order to maintain a bike lane and vehicular traffic. Parking on the east side will remain. A temporary crosswalk has been added from the Library of Congress alley across 3rd Street SE to the corner of 3rd and A Street SE. 

Construction Site
Most construction-related vehicles will enter the property at the corners of East Capitol and 2nd Street SE and 3rd Street SE. From time to time, heavy construction equipment used in excavation may result in traffic delays as equipment is maneuvered onto the property. Dumpsters, portable toilets, and materials staging will all be within the construction barricade and will not be visible from the street. Contractors will abide by DC’s legal construction hours which are 7am to 7pm, Monday through Saturday. Work will not happen on designated holidays.

Construction updates will continue to be posted to this web page. Neighbors can also sign up to receive updates by email. 

Stay up-to-date about the building project and what it means for your Folger experience by signing up for email newsletters or following the Folger on social media.

Capitol Hill neighbors can also sign up to receive construction updates by email.