About

A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. Its staff provides award-winning service and supports a rich array of programmatic opportunities.

A bust of Walter L. Newberry greets arriving visitors.
A bust of Walter L. Newberry greets arriving visitors.

From free exhibitions and speaker events open to the public to fellowships, undergraduate seminars, teacher professional development programs, and genealogy orientations, the Newberry’s activities involve thousands of people—including 500 volunteers.

Want to be a part of the Newberry? Become a reader by Obtaining a Reader’s Card. Learn more about our Core Collections and Hours to better plan your visit. The Newberry also has Facility Rentals for your special events.

Newberry Mission Statement

The Newberry, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry encourages intellectual pursuit in an atmosphere of free inquiry and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.