Client Guidelines

Sconces illuminate Ruggles Hall.
Sconces illuminate Ruggles Hall.

Download or print a copy of the Client Guidelines. We ask that caterers and florists also note the Caterer Guidelines and Florist Guidelines we have for events at the Newberry.

Catering

The client is responsible for selection and use of a caterer. For 2014 and 2015 rentals, the Newberry Library has entered into an exclusive arrangement with an assortment of moderately priced local caterers. These caterers can provide a range of cuisines, menu options, and prices. All events held at the Newberry Library in 2014 must be catered by one of these caterers. For a list of these caterers and their contact information please contact the Office of Events at rentals@newberry.org.

The caterer is responsible for providing all personnel, material, and equipment for the event. The caterer is also responsible for (1) set-up and breakdown of equipment and the kitchen prep area, (2) maintaining event space including but not limited to quickly cleaning up any food or drink spills during event, (3) clearing away equipment, and (4) cleaning all prep areas.

The use of butane or propane burners inside the library is strictly prohibited and cannot be brought into the library.

Vendors

We have compiled a recommended list of photographers, florists, and musicians from which you are welcome to choose. If you prefer to use someone not on our list, that information must be submitted to the Events Office prior to signing a contract or submitting a deposit to that vendor. The Library assumes no responsibility and/or liability for monies forfeited by the client resulting from failure to obtain prior approval of the vendor. If a vendor has not previously worked at the Newberry, the vendor is required to meet with the Events and Facilities staff prior to contract signing.

Alcoholic Beverages

Must be provided by caterer or client. If you provide your own beverages, the caterer must serve them. All left-over beverages must be removed that evening. The library is not responsible for any beverages left overnight.

Walkthrough

Please have your caterer, florist, and/or event coordinator call the Office of Events at (312) 255-3595 for an appointment so that we may show them the space in which they will be working. Someone in the Office of Events will be available between 10 am and 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Special appointments can be arranged.

Deposits

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time the date of the event is confirmed and the remainder due 10 days prior to the event. Any overtime charges will be billed separately. All contracts must be signed and received at the time the deposit is given. Any damages incurred during the event will be billed to the client.

Provision of Staff and Equipment

The Newberry will provide a representative from the Office of Events, a security guard, a facilities coordinator, use of prep areas, and washrooms. The responsibility of returning the prep room to its original condition rests with the caterer. The client will be responsible for the caterer’s compliance.

Parking

The library’s parking lot is available to you and your guests.

Displays and Decorations

All displays and/or decorations proposed by the client must be approved by the Director of Events. All preparations for the event must be initiated on the date of the function. Any decorations provided by the Newberry remain the property of the Newberry and are not to be removed. If any Newberry decor is damaged or removed, the client accepts full responsibility for reimbursement.

Candles

Use of votives and/or enclosed candles is allowed but must be approved prior to your event by an event coordinator.

Liability

The client assumes full responsibility for the conduct of persons attending the event and for any damage done to any part of the library. The client indemnifies and holds harmless the library against any and all claims, liabilities, or costs in conjunction with the event.