The Folger Story

Get to know the Folger Shakespeare Library: our world-renowned collection, exhibitions and performances, research and education initiatives, and more. 
Learn about Shakespeare and his world as we open up the Folger collection and go behind-the-scenes with curators, conservators, and other experts. Step into an exciting world of theater, music, and poetry. Walk alongside teachers who are bringing Shakespeare to the next generation. Hear from donors, board members, volunteers, and others who are dedicated to the Folger mission.

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A major update to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems is an essential part of preserving our landmark building and collection.

statue of Puck with large red F

The Folger's new visual identity includes a custom typeface and bold logo inspired by the historic Folger building's iconic Puck sculpture.

After removing the entire northern foundation wall, crews are starting to extend and strengthen a row of the building's structural steel columns.

Teacher Alexa Bernard (right) with her students at the 2018 Cornerstones Festival at the Folger. Photo by Teresa Wood.

The DCPS-Folger Romeo and Juliet curriculum and the DCPS-Folger Hamlet curriculum are used in nearly every ninth or tenth grade classroom, in every DCPS high school. 

Both familiar and eerily different, the Folger's landmark production of Macbeth — a 17th-century adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy — offers new ideas for scholarly research and modern performance.

Illustration by Sherrill Cooper

Without benefit of online dating and wedding planners, how did people come together and wed in early modern England?

UNESCO has given 90 documents (six of them at the Folger) the same cultural status as the Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible.

Explore the Folger’s Elizabethan Garden, a place for reflection inspired in part by herbal references in Shakespeare’s plays.