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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.”

Renovation update

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 will reopen Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Please reach out to us at if there is any research or reference support we can provide during this time, and at if you have questions about our ongoing scholarly programs and fellowships. For updates about the Reading Room reopening, subscribe to our Research Bulletin newsletter

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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.

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