The Complete Shakespeare Experience
Elizabethan times, and British drama, literature, and culture from the 15th through the 18th centuries.
The library has the second-
The library, named after Standard Oil Company of New York executive Henry Clay Folger (who bequeathed his Shakespeare collection to the American people and funded the library) was completed in 1932. The library’s reading room, available to advanced scholars, is only open to the public one day each year—Shakespeare’s birthday, celebrated with music, song, and dance.
A model Elizabethan theater and exhibition hall are open to the public.
The library publishes the Folger Facsimile series of booklets for the general reader and Shakespeare Quarterly. The Folger Institute is a center for advanced humanities studies founded by the Library and a consortium of universities.
Visit the Folger Shakespeare Library Website
ith its approximately 280,000
books and manuscripts,
including 79 copies of the
First Folio (1623, the first
published collection of
Shakespeare’s plays) and about 7,000 other Shakespearean editions, the Folger
Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Is
the leading research center for the study
of Shakespeare, his contemporaries,