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Hours and Closings

The Folger is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm. 


It is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Admission is free.

The Folger is also open for ticketed performances and programs.


Reading room hours and closings


The Folger will be closed on the following dates:




January 13 - 27

Please note that the exhibition hall is closed for installation of the Shakespeare's the Thing exhibition.


Wednesday, April 23
Please note that the exhibition hall is closed in preparation for the Folger Gala. The reading rooms close at noon today and reopen at noon on Thursday, April 24.

June 16 - 30
Please note that the exhibition hall is closed for installation of the Heraldry exhibition.


Saturday, September 6
Please note that the Folger is closing at 3pm. The theater opens at 7pm for the evening performance of
King Lear.

October 27 - November 10
Please note that the exhibition hall is closed for installation of the Decoding the Renaissance exhibition.

Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Day


Thursday, December 25


Please note that the administrative offices and reading room are closed on all federal holidays.


NOTE: The Library generally follows the federal government's procedures for closings and delayed openings during inclement weather. If you have any questions regarding our hours, call (202) 675-0309 before 8:45am and (202) 544-4600 from 8:45am to 4:45pm for information or visit opm.gov. To learn about a performance or event, call (202) 544-7077.

Folger Shakespeare Library


Take public transit to Folger Shakespeare Library. Please use Capitol South metro or the 32, 34, 36, 96, or 97 bus lines, or the Circulator bus.

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10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623