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 online or at offsite venues while construction is happening.
Please note that our historic building at 201 East Capitol Street is no longer open to visitors for exhibitions, tours, events, or research now that our building renovation has begun. Find Folger performances and programs online and – once conditions allow – around Washington, DC, and across the country.
The Folger’s online offerings – the digital collection, the full texts of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, email newsletters, blogs, podcasts, and other resources – will continue uninterrupted during the renovation.
See specific information for the following:
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 Fall 2020
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.
Please note that the Reading Rooms are closed during the building renovation project.
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 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.
Our imaging team will be unavailable during certain periods to fill requests for new photography of collection items.
Contact / Updates
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about using the collection or email@example.com with questions about Folger Institute programs and initiatives.
- Follow @FolgerResearch on Twitter.
- Subscribe to the Research Bulletin email newsletter.
- Join the Folger Institute Commons listserv.
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.
2nd Street SE
Work is underway in our West Garden to remove and safely store the Puck statue and fountain in order to relocate the heritage magnolia tree 60 feet south in the garden. Temporary construction fencing has been erected. This process will last through mid-October. During the final stages of the tree move, the 2nd Street sidewalk bordering the garden will be closed to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Temporary fencing will ultimately be replaced with fencing that will be in place throughout construction. The sidewalk along the garden on 2nd Street SE from the Folger driveway (“Puck Circle”) to East Capitol Street will remain closed throughout construction.
East Capitol Street
In October, construction fencing will be erected along East Capitol Street SE from 2nd Street SE to 3rd Street SE, and the sidewalk in front of the Folger will be closed. Parking spaces on that block — on both sides of East Capitol Street SE — 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.
3rd Street SE
In October, construction fencing will be erected on 3rd Street SE from the Library of Congress alley to the corner at East Capitol Street. This fencing will close the sidewalk adjacent to the Folger. Parking on both sides of the street from A Street SE to East Capitol Street will be eliminated in order to maintain a bike lane and vehicular traffic. A temporary crosswalk will be added from the Library of Congress alley across 3rd Street SE to the corner of 3rd and A Street SE.
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.
Construction updates will continue to be posted to this web page.