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A great library isn’t a great library because of the materials it holds, even when they’re as astonishing as the materials that make up the Folger. It’s an extraordinary place because of the things it enables to happen. And one of the most important is community.

Peter Holland, McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame

Since 2020, our major building renovation project has given us the chance to reinvent how we connect with our communities. We’re experimenting with new ways to give value to our members, whether that’s in person at the Folger or in exclusive virtual events.

As we get closer to opening our new building, your continued support is needed more than ever. We want to continue experimenting with hybrid events for our Folger communities, the foundation of all our work. The Folger relies on your generosity to help sustain our educational and cultural programs and preserve the world’s preeminent Shakespeare collection.  By joining us as a member, you become a vital part of our mission.

Most importantly, you’ll be joining us on our mission to preserve, expand and share the Folger collection with more people than ever before. Together, with your support, we can achieve even more.

Member benefits

Becoming a Friend of the Folger or joining the Renaissance Circles unlocks a whole host of benefits: from lectures and special events to discounts and subscriptions. You’ll get early access to our innovative programs in theater, music, and poetry. 

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Discounted tickets and early access

Alongside discounts across our programing, you’ll gain priority access to ticket presales, as well as access to exclusive talks, lectures, and events.

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Exhibition openings and gallery talks

Be among the first to see each Folger exhibition while having the chance to ask questions to world-renowned scholars and curators.

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Member magazine

Published three times a year, Folger Magazine contains articles on Shakespeare and his world. It includes spotlights on the latest research, exhibitions, book reviews, and more.

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Member appreciation weekend

Experience behind-the-scenes access to the Folger. Past activities have included workshops in swordplay, poetry, and quill writing; a discussion with the cast of a Folger Theatre production; and tours of our art collections and conservation laboratory.

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Folger Theatre patron nights

Be there on patron night. These special performances are followed by a reception with the cast and artistic team.

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Renaissance Circles dinner

The annual Renaissance Circles dinner recognizes the generous support of our Renaissance Circle members. The evening includes enriching presentations from Folger staff, curators, and artists, followed by an intimate dinner.

Membership options

Friends of the Folger

Individual ($75) or Dual/Family ($100)

100% tax-deductible.

Become an individual, dual or family member

Sustainer ($250)

$200 tax-deductible.

Become a sustainer

Patron ($500)

$440 tax-deductible.

Become a patron

Supporter ($1,000)

$940 tax-deductible.

Become a supporter

The Renaissance Circles

Conservators’ Circle ($1,500)

$1,212 tax-deductible.

Join the Conservators’ Circle

Curators’ Circle ($2,500)

$2,192 tax-deductible.

Join the Curators’ Circle

Librarian’s Circle ($5,000)

$4,637 tax-deductible.

Join the Librarian’s Circle

Director’s Circle ($10,000)

$9,617 tax-deductible.

Join the Director’s Circle

Teacher Members

Are you a teacher? If so, you can join the Folger in a special way, by becoming a member of the institution as well as gaining an exclusive subscription to our online home for Teacher Members, Folger Teaching. From lesson plans and primary sources to podcasts and videos, you will be able to search, download, and save your favorite resources.

Become a Teacher Member

Gift memberships

Give the gift of a Folger membership! Your friends and loved ones can access the benefits and discounts of membership while you support our cause. You can make a gift online or call the Membership Office at 202-675-0303.

Gift Membership

Contact us

For more information about Folger memberships, please contact the Office of Development at 202-675-0303 or