The Folger's Department of Photography and Digital Imaging provides researchers and the public access to the Library's world-class collection of rare books, manuscripts, and art through high-quality digital images. You can explore and enjoy the Library’s treasures through our online digital image collection, and download images up to 1536 pixels tall for free.
Our images are for publication with a CC-BY-SA license. More information can be found on our Permissions page.
Image Services in 2020
As the Folger Shakespeare Library embarks on an extensive building renovation project in 2020, our ability to fulfill requests for images requiring new photography will be periodically affected.
Starting January 1, 2020 we will accept requests for new photography, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to fill them according to our standard procedures and timelines. Please check our digital image collection to see if what you want has already been digitized. Requests for high-resolution copies of images already present in the digital image collection will continue as usual and have a turnaround time of about 4-6 weeks.
The request process for new photography will remain the same: follow the image ordering instructions, and please direct any questions about placing an order to email@example.com. Please include a deadline. We will communicate with you about whether it will be possible to fill your request. We may be able to direct you to images and materials at other institutions that can meet your needs.
About Our Image Services
We produce high-resolution digital photographs and scans, creating images that equal or surpass current national standards for preservation. Our average master image begins life as a 100–120MB file, and our processed, post-produced, ready-for-publication final product is 80–90MB. For books and bound manuscripts, we use a conservation copy stand, made for us by Manfred Mayer in Graz, Austria, and a Kaiser RSP 2motion copy stand, each with a Digital Transitions RCam reprographic camera and a P65+ camera back controlled by Phase One’s Capture One software. We also use Epson Expressions 10000XL flatbed scanners for imaging flat items such as letters and art on paper.
Let us know how we can help you!