Hours and Closings

Reading Room
Monday–Friday:
8:45am – 4:45pm
Saturday: 9am – noon
and 1pm – 4:30pm

Reading Room and Folger offices are closed on Federal holidays.

The Folger's building and exhibitions are open to the public every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Monday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Sunday
Noon – 5pm

The building, including the exhibition, also opens one hour before ticketed performances and programs. 

The Folger strives to keep the Great Hall and Reading Rooms open at their regularly scheduled and posted hours, but sometimes we need to close for exhibit installations, private events, and (for the Reading Rooms) federal holidays. We do our best to list our closings in advance so that visitors and readers can anticipate their plans. 

Please note that our hours will be changing in early 2020 due to a multi-year building renovation project. The final day for research in the Folger Reading Rooms is January 4, 2020. The final day for building and exhibition tours is January 5, 2020. Ticketed evening events, including Folger Theatre performances, will continue at the Folger and at venues around Washington, DC through the construction period.

Great Hall closings

Early closings (4pm unless otherwise noted)

2019

  • Thursday, December 5 (Great Hall closes at 3pm)

All-day closings

2019

  • Thursday, November 28
  • Wednesday, December 25

2020

  • Wednesday, January 1

Reading Room closings

Adjusted hours

  • Tuesday, December 24: 9am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm (Saturday hours, no paging)

All-day closings

2019

  • Thursday, November 28
  • Friday, November 29
  • Wednesday, December 25

2020

  • Wednesday, January 1

Reading Room
Monday–Friday:
8:45am – 4:45pm
Saturday: 9am – noon
and 1pm – 4:30pm

Reading Room and Folger offices are closed on Federal holidays.