While the Folger is best known for our materials related to Shakespeare and his time, our collection of printed books and manuscripts also covers the literary, cultural, political, religious, scientific, and social history of Britain and Europe from the 15th though 18th centuries.
And everyone is welcome to use the Library. Find out how
Featured Research Tools
Ask a Librarian
Have questions about Shakespeare, the early modern period, or a specific collection item? Need advice on finding primary sources for your research paper? Our librarians are here to help!
Digital Image Collection
With free online access to high-resolution images of books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more available to download, you’re sure to find the right picture for your next presentation!
The Folger Shakespeare
Do you need copies of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, and poems? Read online or download for free!
Need a primary source for your research paper on Shakespeare? Explore the largest collection of primary-source materials from institutions around the world that document the life of William Shakespeare.
Want to attend a Folger program? Discounted tickets are available for individuals under 35 to attend Folger Theatre, Consort, and Poetry performances.
Amherst Undergraduate Fellows
Are you an Amherst College undergraduate student? Every year the Folger Shakespeare Library welcomes Undergraduate Fellows from Henry Clay Folger’s alma mater to research their self-proposed projects.
Many departments at the Folger offer internship opportunities for undergraduates. Join us and learn about the daily operations of an independent research library with a vigorous set of cultural and educational programs.
Gain professional experience as a Folger volunteer! Folger volunteers play an essential role in the function of the library in a variety of ways, ranging from exhibition tour guides to performance ushers.
Having trouble reading early modern handwriting? Transcribathons are a fun way to sharpen your skills. No experience? No problem! Our community is open to beginners through experienced professionals.