Privacy Policy

The website at (the "Folger Website") is owned and operated by the Folger Shakespeare Library (“the Folger" or “we”). We can be reached by e-mail at

This Privacy Policy and Term of Service covers how the Folger collects and uses information from users of the Folger Website, and other terms governing your use of this site.

By using the Folger Website and providing us information, you are agreeing to this Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

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Unless otherwise noted, images on this website that are under Folger copyright are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This allows you to use our images without additional permission provided that you cite the Folger Shakespeare Library as the source and you license anything you create using the images under the same or equivalent license. For more information, including permissions beyond the scope of this license, see Permissions. The Folger waives permission fees for non-commercial publication by registered non-profits, including university presses, regardless of the license they use. For images copyrighted by an entity other than the Folger, please contact the copyright holder for permission information.

Citation guidelines

We suggest the following citation styles for use in citing pages from this website:

Folger Shakespeare Library. "Name of the Page." Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. Date Accessed. <http:>
(Note: MLA does not require the URL to be included in the citation, but many people want it to be included.)

Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.) Name of the page. Retrieved from

"Name of the Page." Folger Shakespeare Library. Accessed on Date.

Privacy Policy

Personal Information

You may visit the Folger Website anonymously without providing any personal information (such as your name, address, or email address). The Folger does not collect personal information from individuals unless they provide it to us voluntarily and knowingly. If you ask to be added to a newsletter or other subscription list, purchase tickets, purchase items from the online store, or use other online services at the Folger Website, we may ask you for personal information that may include your name, address, email address, phone number and credit card information including number, billing address and expiration date.

How Personal Information Is Used

The Folger uses your personal information for the purpose that you provided us the information. We may partner with third party service providers to operate and manage our online ticket sales, online store and other online services. If we do this, your personal information may be shared with the third party service provider and will be used and protected in accordance with the policies of that company. Occasionally we share mailing lists with third parties offering programs we think will be of interest to our audiences. If you do not want your information shared, please e-mail us at The Folger does not otherwise share your email address or other personal information with third parties except, in rare instances, to protect the Folger Website, to enforce compliance with the Folger’s privacy and other policies, and as required by law.


The Folger may use cookies and other tracking mechanisms to track your browsing activity on the Folger Website and the online services we work with in order to improve the user experience and manage the Folger Website. These technologies allow us, and entities that work with us, to increase the effectiveness of our promotional efforts and personalize our services and offerings to you. Unless you have initiated an online transaction that involves your disclosure of personal information, these tracking mechanisms and the entities that we work with do not have access to your personal information. Most web browsers accept cookies and other tracking mechanisms by default, but contain an option that may allow you to turn off this functionality if you prefer. If you turn off the cookies or other tracking mechanisms, some functions of the Folger Website may not be available to you.

Security and Your Credit Card Information

The Folger cares about the safety and security of your online transactions. We use a high-grade encryption key (RC4, 128 bit) and the https security protocol to communicate with your browser software. This method is the industry standard security protocol used by many financial institutions and e-commerce companies that makes it difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. Notwithstanding our commitments to protect your information from loss, misuse or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. There is also some risk that others could find a way to thwart our security systems.


The Folger Website contains links to other websites. The Folger is not responsible for the privacy policies of or content on other websites, including any sites that may indicate a special relationship, endorsement by, or partnership with the Folger. The linked sites may collect personal information from you when you link to their site. Once you leave the Folger Website, this Privacy Policy and Terms of Service will not apply, and you access such sites at your own risk.

Terms of Service 

Your Use of the Folger Website

As a condition of your use of the Folger Website, you promise that you will not use this site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by this Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or any other policy set forth on the Folger Website. Online Purchases Only those 18 years or older can make an online purchase from Folger. Any customer younger than 18 years old who wishes to submit an order must have the order submitted by a parent or legal guardian. These orders are the responsibility of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who own the valid credit card used in the transaction.

Liability and Warranty

Under no circumstances is the Folger or anyone who helped us create, produce, deliver, or maintain the Website liable for any indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages or attorneys' fees arising from your access to or use of the Website, including, but not limited to, challenges or actions for infringement, libel, and slander, whether such damages are based on contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise. Your use of the Website is at your risk. Everything on the Website is provided to you "as is," without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, title, or infringement. Because some states do not permit the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the above limitation may not apply to you.

Opt-Out Procedures

You may always opt-out of receiving future emails, mailings or communications from us. To remove any personally identifying information from our database or to not receive future communications from the Folger, send an e-mail to with the word "remove" in the subject line.

Notification of Changes

The Folger may revise its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at any time, without notice, with the changes effective immediately upon posting on the Folger Website. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to review our most current Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, please contact us at:

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-1094
Phone: 202-675-0342

Notice to Children Under the Age of 13

The Folger and the Folger Website does not solicit or knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. Visitors 12 years of age and under should remember that they are required to obtain an adult's permission before submitting any personal information to this or any other website.