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The materials held at the Folger Shakespeare Library are meant to be actively used; Henry Folger once called the collection “a fine kit of tools for scholars.”

Although our Reading Room is currently closed due to a major building renovation project, we remain committed to assisting researchers in their work.


The Reading Room reopens Friday, November 17, along with the rest of the Folger building. Rare collections will be available in this first phase of reopening; modern collections will become available in early 2024. Reading Room hours for this first phase will be Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 4pm.

Ask a Librarian 

Need assistance with navigating the Folger’s collection? Get in touch with one of our librarians with our Ask a Librarian form. Our librarians are happy to assist you.

Ask A Librarian

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