The Newberry Library supports and inspires research, teaching, and learning in the humanities.
Our collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—spans more than six centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. We connect researchers and visitors with our collection in the Newberry’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, program spaces, classrooms, and online digital resources.
Please note that programs for students, teachers, scholars, and the public are being held online. The reading rooms are open by appointment Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. The exhibition galleries are open Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 4 pm. No appointments are necessary to visit our exhibitions, but we do ask that you sign in upon arrival so we can limit entry into the galleries and ensure social distancing.
Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has remained dedicated to deepening our collective understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As individuals engage with Newberry collections and staff, they discover stories that bridge the past and present and illuminate the human condition.
The Newberry’s community of discovery is driven by a shared commitment to promoting research, inspiring learning, and using inquiry across the humanities as a tool to engage critically in a vibrant democratic society.