COVID-19 Updates

The safety and health of our community are of utmost importance to us.

In preparation for our multi-year renovation, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s historic building on Capitol Hill is not open to the public. Our events and programs are being held at other locations and with partner institutions that have their own COVID-19 responses.

See a list of Folger digital experiences and resources

In consideration of the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DC Health regarding the containment of COVID-19, and consistent with actions taken by other cultural organizations, the Folger Shakespeare Library has rescheduled or canceled public events. Changes have also been made to the schedule for the Folger Theatre 2020/21 season.

Upcoming public events and virtual programming

The Folger Board and management will remain in regular communication with each other and designated authorities to update or extend these plans as needed to protect public health interests.

Who to contact for questions about …

Ticketed events and subscriptions
Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077 or

Scholarly programs and fellowships
Folger Institute at

Family programs and education programs
Folger Education at

Folger membership and benefits

The Wonder of Will: The Campaign for the Folger Shakespeare Library

For questions about events or programs not listed here, or more information about any Folger programs or resources, please contact us at

The Folger will post any updates to its operating status and plans on our website at We will email patrons with changes to any ticketed events and share updates on social media.

While visiting our website, please make note of future events and explore our online resources, including blogs, the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, The Folger Shakespeare, and our digital collection. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Folger employees working remotely

For the wellbeing of its staff, the Folger has canceled all business travel and adjusted its leave policies so that employees can telework and take other precautions. Most of the Folger staff are working remotely.

Employees who work remotely have access to email and will be able to respond to messages as usual. Communications by mail (including the processing and receipting of gifts) will be limited and responses will be delayed by a minimum of two weeks.


This page was updated July 30, 2020

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