During Construction

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How Does the Building Project Affect You?

The Folger Shakespeare Library is committed to serving all its audiences during the building renovation project and will continue most of its programming at offsite venues while construction is happening. 

Please note that our historic building at 201 East Capitol Street is no longer open to visitors for exhibitions, tours, events, or research now that our building renovation has begun. Find Folger performances and programs around Washington, DC, and across the country.

The Folger’s online offerings – the digital collection, the full texts of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, email newsletters, blogs, podcasts, and other resources – will continue uninterrupted during the renovation.

See specific information for the following:

Audiences for Folger Theatre, Folger Consort, poetry readings, talks, and other public programs

See our Performances & Events page for a full listing of events, including poetry readings, talks, and family programs. Individual event pages will include specific location information.

Folger Theatre 2020/21 Season - watch for schedule updates as a result of COVID-19

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: In partnership with the National Building Museum and the University of South Carolina. Postponed to July 13 - August 29, 2021.
  • The Tempest: In collaboration with Round House Theatre
  • Nathan the Wise: In association with Theater J
Folger Consort - watch for schedule updates as a result of COVID-19

Folger Consort will perform its concerts one block from the Folger at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (301 A Street SE), with the annual concerts at the Washington National Cathedral.



While gallery talks and exhibition openings will be held at partner organizations and may take on a different format, other member benefits are unaffected by the renovation. Members will receive invitations to events and programs associated with their membership level and held at local venues while the Folger building is under construction.


Teachers and Students

Programs for teachers and students that traditionally happen onsite at the Folger have moved to off-site venues.



Please note that the Reading Rooms are closed during the building renovation project.

Reference Services
The Folger's reference librarians are still available to answer many types of research-related questions.

The Folger Institute is awarding fellowships to support research in collections elsewhere. 

Scholarly Programs
Scholarly programs will continue offsite with institutional partners, including our university consortium members.

Before 'Farm to Table'
Programming for the Mellon initiative in collaborative research will continue with institutional partners.

Collection Imaging
Our imaging team will be unavailable during certain periods to fill requests for new photography of collection items.

More Information

Contact / Updates


The Folger is working to minimize the disruption our renovation project will have on the surrounding neighborhood. Traffic patterns around the 201 East Capitol building will remain the same.

White, painted wood construction fencing approved by the Architect of the Capitol will surround the Folger on East Capitol Street SE, 2nd Street SE, and 3rd Street SE. Adjacent sidewalks and permit/metered parking will be unavailable during the renovation. This includes approximately 12 permit/2-hour spaces on the south side of East Capitol Street SE and 10 metered spaces on the west side of 3rd Street SE.  

Most construction-related vehicles will enter the property at the corners of East Capitol and 2nd Street SE and 3rd Street SE. From time to time, heavy construction equipment used in excavation may result in traffic delays as equipment is maneuvered onto the property. All work is expected to be conducted during reasonable daytime hours. Dumpsters, portable toilets, and materials staging will all be within the construction barricade and will not be visible from the street.

Through updates on the Folger website as well as communication with local media and the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, the Folger will remain in regular contact with neighbors to ensure that plans, timelines, and progress are shared and understood.

Stay up-to-date about the building project and what it means for your Folger experience by signing up for email newsletters or following the Folger on social media.