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Images and permissions

The Folger’s Imaging team creates high-quality digital images of books, manuscripts, and art in the Library’s collections. As we photograph items, we make the images available in our digital image collection.

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Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-1004

Requesting new images

Due to our building renovation, the Imaging team is working remotely and is unable to accept requests for new photography at this time.

Please check our digital image collection to see if what you want has already been digitized. We may also be able to direct you to images and materials at other institutions that can meet your needs. If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact us at and we can discuss options with you.

Image attribution

We do not require image attribution, but we kindly request that you provide, at minimum, the “Source Call Number” with the signature, folio, or page number, and/or the “Digital Image File Name” for the image, along with the name of the institution. This helps your audience identify the source of the image.

Example of attribution with Source Call Number, page number, and Digital Image File Name:

STC 4863.5, page 254, image 063906, Folger Shakespeare Library.

Depending on your preferred citation style, you may also wish to use an expanded citation with attribution, as in this example:

Speed, John. Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (London: [T. Snodham], 1616), plate after page 141: Map of Dublin.  Call #: STC 23044. Image: 31091. Folger Shakespeare Library.

Permission to use images

We do not charge permission or publication fees for any images in our digital image collection where copyright is expired or is held by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

If a copyright holder other than “Folger Shakespeare Library” is listed in the “Copyright information” with the image, then we have no legal right to grant permission for that image’s reuse. You will need to contact the copyright holder directly to request permission for reuse.

Please be aware that actors may have publicity rights to their likeness in photographs that are separate from copyright. You will need to contact the actor or their estate in order to request permission for reuse.

If your publisher requires a formal letter of permission, please contact us at

If you photographed items in our collection that are not under copyright, you are free to reuse those images. See our Reading Room Camera Policy.

Permission to quote text

To request permission to publish text beyond the scope of the Creative Commons license (explained in our Copyright Policy), please contact us at

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

Permission to use website content

The Folger licenses most content on under a Creative Commons license. For information on this license, please see our Copyright policy.

Permission for on-site filming

Please contact Garland Scott, Head of External Relations, at (202) 675-0342 or

About our imaging equipment

For books and bound manuscripts, we use a conservation copy stand, made for us by Manfred Mayer in Graz, Austria, and a Kaiser RSP 2motion copy stand, each with a Digital Transitions RCam reprographic camera and a P65+ camera back controlled by Phase One’s Capture One software.