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Do you have questions about Folger collections, Shakespeare, or the early modern period? Have you tried looking for answers in…

If you have not found the answers you seek, please use the form below to ask Folger Reference staff for help.


Do researchers have any on-site access to the collection? 
Can researchers and/or Folger staff access modern books and journals? 
How can researchers find other copies of items to use at other libraries? 
Can researchers still order digital images?
Do researchers have access to subscription databases through the Folger?

How Folger Reference staff can help you during the renovation

No collection? No problem! The reference librarians are still able to answer many of your questions while the collection is off-site during our building renovation project.

Scholarship relating to our collection
Non-copy-specific questions about early English books
Questions about Shakespeare and the early modern world
Plan a future research visit
Virtual Reference Appointments

Please note: we do not provide appraisals, and considerations for staff members’ time may preclude us from answering queries if they require extensive research.