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Special Traveling Exhibit: January 6-29, 2016

Logo for First Folio exhibit in RBSC

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night. These celebrated plays and 15 others by Shakespeare might very well have been lost to us today without the First Folio, the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays.

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy, the Folger Shakespeare Library is launching a national tour of the First Folio—the University of Notre Dame has been selected as Indiana's only host site. Thanks to a partnership forged between Shakespeare at Notre Dame, Hesburgh Libraries Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Robinson Community Learning Center, you'll have a rare opportunity to experience this historic and famous book first hand!

Housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections gallery of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame marks the official first stop of the First Folio national tour and exhibit, titled First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Only 233 copies exist of this first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, and we are honored to be the first of only 52 sites to host this treasure from the world's largest Shakespeare collection.

Shakespeare at Notre Dame, along with faculty from the College of Arts and Letters, and members of the distinguished Shakespeare residency company Actors from the London Stage will also host lectures, performances, workshops, and special displays throughout the month of January to complement this momentous occasion.

We hope you will be among the first to join us in welcoming Shakespeare's First Folio to Notre Dame.

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Rare Books & Special Collections

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the main floor of the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana. Holdings include more than 175,000 volumes of printed books and periodicals, manuscript holdings ranging from medieval codices to collections dating from the late twentieth century, and various other format materials including printed ephemera, maps, newspapers, numismatic and philatelic items.

The Department is open to students, faculty, visiting researchers, and members of the community Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm (closed weekends and major holidays).