January 6–29, 2016

Located in the University of Notre Dame's
Hesburgh LibraryRare Books & Special Collections

"First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare" on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library will arrive to the Hesburgh Library on the first days of 2016 as the first stop of the exhibit's yearlong nationwide tour. The exhibit will open on Wednesday, January 6 with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. Once open, Shakespeare at Notre Dame will complement the First Folio exhibit with lectures, performances, workshops, and special displays throughout the month of January. Exhibit hours and events are detailed below.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, January 6 at 4:16pm
Rare Books & Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy (1616-2016), the ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at exactly 16:16 on 1/6/16, a numerical tribute to the enduring impact his words and works have had on our world for four centuries.

Regular Exhibit Hours

Day Time
Monday-Friday* 9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

*On the four Actors From The London Stage performance dates – January 20, 21, 22, and 29 – the exbibit will be open until 7:15pm to allow for preshow tours.

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the First Folio exhibit will be offered daily by Hesburgh librarians and curators at the following times:

Day Time
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday NOON
Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm

Tours will meet by the entrance to the Rare Books and Special Collections Department (102 Hesburgh Library, first floor). Reservations are not necessary. If you are planning to bring a group, please feel free to alert the Hesburgh directly about your visit: or 574- 631-0290. Times are subject to change. Please consult the Hesburgh's Rare Books and Special Collections Website prior to your visit.

"Folio Fridays" Lecture Series

Day Time Lecturer Lecture Title Location
Jan 8 4:00pm Jesse Lander:
Chair, Department of English
Printed Shakespeare:
Quartos, Folios, and the History of Books
Rare Books and
Special Collections
Jan 15    4:00pm Elliott Visconsi:
Chief Academic Digital Officer
Mobile Shakespeare Rare Books and
Special Collections
Jan 22    4:00pm Peter Holland:
McMeel Family Chair in
Shakespeare Studies
Mr. William Shakespeare’s
Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies
Carey Auditorium
Jan 29    4:00pm Michael Witmore:
Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Centuries of Shakespeare Carey Auditorium

All four 90-minute lectures are free, open to the public, and located within the Hesburgh Library.


As part of "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare," Shakespeare at Notre Dame will be offering a series of workshops to students, teachers, and families. Please email General Manager Debra Gasper at or call 574.631.2273 to learn more about available sessions and times.

Shakespeare Week: January 18–22

During the third week of the First Folio exhibit – Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22 – there will be increased traffic from 9am–3pm. Shakespeare at Notre Dame will be leading 90-minute encounters with over 1000 students from throughout Indiana and Southern Michigan. Please be aware that access to the First Folio exhibit will be limited during this time.


A Midsummer Night's Dream



January 20, 21, 22, & 29 at 7:30pm
Notre Dame's Washington Hall

Love, magic, and mischief collide on a moonlit midsummer night. Actors From the London Stage (AFTLS) present William Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. See its lovers and lunatics brought to vivid life in the spare, elegant, and inventive style for which the company is renowned. Founded in 1975 by Homer Swander and world-renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart, AFTLS is an actor-driven tour de force. Our five-member British casts – veterans of some of the most respected theatre companies in the world – visit Notre Dame and tour North America every spring and fall with their innovative five-hand staging.

Tickets: Reg $22, Student (18+) $12, Under-18 FREE with Adult (limit five)