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While our historic building on Capitol Hill is under renovation, join us on the road and online for the Folger programs you know and love.

What’s on  About the building renovation

Visitors on a reading room tour view the Seven Ages of Main stained glass window in the Reading Room.

Our building reopens November 17

We can’t wait to welcome you to our building on Capitol Hill this fall after a major three-year building renovation that will allow us to share more of our collection and resources than ever before.

The transformed Folger features two new exhibition halls, a learning lab, welcoming gardens, collaborative research spaces, and expanded visitor amenities such as a new café and gift shop. Along with our newly constructed public wing, the Folger’s historic spaces, including the Reading Room, will also reopen.

Read the full announcement

What will a visit be like when our building reopens?

Virtual visit

Take a video tour of our historic spaces.

Accessibility and safety

Planning a research visit?

The Folger collection is not available for on-site research during our building renovation, but we continue to serve researchers with digital resources, as well as fellowship opportunities and scholarly programs.

Our Reading Room is reopening along with the rest of our building on November 17, 2023. Rare materials will be available right away, with modern materials from the Folger collection becoming available in early 2024.