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.

Photo by Tracy Russo

A Folger community engagement initiative has spurred thoughtful conversations about race and religion with Shakespeare at the center.

A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama (EMED, for short) is a large, searchable digital resource on the hundreds of commercial plays by the other authors of Shakespeare’s time.

Highlights from the 2018 Shakespeare's Birthday Open House

See photos from the Folger's celebration of Shakespeare’s 454th birthday at its annual open house.