Beginning in 2020, the Folger’s building renovation project will periodically affect imaging services. We may not be able to fill requests for images requiring new photography submitted on/after January 1, 2020.

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Permission to publish images

To request permission to publish images beyond the scope of the Creative Commons license, please fill out the application form completely and email, fax or mail it to: 
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Folger Shakespeare Library
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Fax: (202) 608-1715
Note that permission is granted for one time, one edition, one publication, one broadcast, one digital press run, or one website use only; further use requires separate application. 
See our list of publication fees for information about our fee structure.
If you need to show evidence to a publisher that you have permission to use Folger images, please direct them to this website or share this letter about our permission policy with them.   
The Folger waives the application process and permission fees for non-commercial publication by registered non-profits, including university presses, regardless of the license used.


We request that you identify images in the following manner:

[Call #, signature/folio/page/etc.] Used by permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

However, if you are able, we prefer the expanded citation provided below.  If you need any bibliographic information for your Folger images, please let us know.

  • Author. Title (Place of publication, publication date), signature/folio/page (if applicable).  Call #: XXX. Used by permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

example: John Speed (1552? – 1629). Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (London: [T. Snodham], 1616), plate after page 137: Map of Ireland.  Call #: STC 23044. Used by permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library.


Permission to quote text

To request permission to publish text beyond the scope of the Creative Commons license, please contact us at

No permission is required to quote excerpts or publish transcriptions from items in the collection not under copyright.

Permission for on-site filming

Please contact Garland Scott, head of external relations, at (202) 675-0342 or