Employment | Newberry


Welcome to the Newberry’s Employment Opportunities page. Positions for which the Newberry is currently accepting applications are listed below. Positions will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established.

Unless otherwise directed in the job posting, please send cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director. When emailing, please combine cover letter and résumé as one Word or PDF document and submit that document as an email attachment.

Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

Email: hr@newberry.org
Fax: (312) 255-3509

No phone calls please.

In addition to accepting résumés for current vacancies, we keep a file of general and specific inquiries regarding employment at the Newberry. General inquiries should include a preference of position, department and hours (part-time or full-time.) Résumés are kept on file for six months.

We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Newberry.

The Newberry is an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Bookstore Sales Associate

George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts

George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts

Division: Collections and Library Services

Summary: Reporting to the Vice President for Collections and Library Services, the Curator has responsibility for developing, interpreting, promoting, and managing the Newberry’s renowned collection of pre-1815 Continental European rare books and manuscripts in history, literature, and other humanities fields. Areas of outstanding strength include religious, political, and intellectual history; Italian, French, and Neo-Latin literature; historical linguistics; humanism and the Enlightenment; the French Revolution; Spanish and Portuguese history; travel literature; rhetoric and pedagogy.


  • Attains in-depth knowledge of relevant collections including their history, strengths, and areas for future development.
  • Responsible for acquisition of antiquarian and scholarly materials in relevant areas.
  • Collaborates with other Newberry selectors on acquisitions and collection development strategies and directions.
  • Responsible for collection management and gift workflow in areas of responsibility.
  • Collaborates with processing staff to set priorities and appropriate standards of description.
  • Participates in instruction, reference, and outreach, including regular reference desk shifts.
  • Provides in-depth reference and research support for users working on topics relating to areas of responsibility.
  • Contributes to the development, writing, and implementation of grant proposals for acquiring, digitizing, and processing materials in areas of responsibility, and to grant proposals for programmatic activities at the Newberry.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with the book and auction trade and curators at institutions with comparable collections.
  • Identifies and cultivates existing and potential donors.
  • Participates in the exhibition program by organizing or contributing to the organization of exhibitions in areas of expertise.
  • Participates in scholarly and professional organizations and represents the Newberry at relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Provides support to other Newberry divisions and units, including Research and Academic Programs, Development, Exhibitions and Major Projects, and Communications.
  • Participates in the wider scholarly life of the Newberry, including attending and contributing to discussion at Fellows’ seminars and weekly colloquia; and writing collection evaluations for fellowship applications.


  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent and an advanced degree in a humanities discipline relevant to the Newberry’s collection; or a PhD in a relevant discipline and training in bibliography and book history.
  • Substantial curatorial experience in a research library.
  • Excellent knowledge of bibliography and book history. Strong general humanities background. Knowledge of paleography preferred.
  • Reading knowledge of Latin and at least two modern European languages (French, German, and Portuguese or Dutch preferred).
  • Experience with exhibitions, reference, outreach, and instruction.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with diverse constituencies, flexibility, excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Experience with priority-setting, selection, and interpretation for digital collections preferred.

Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Exempt position.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; fifteen vacation days first year and twenty days thereafter, two personal days and paid holidays annually; long term disability, long term care and TIAA-CREF retirement plan available after one year of service.

Date Posted: May 17, 2016

Date Available: August 15, 2016

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin June 27 and will continue until the position is filled.

Bookstore Sales Associate

Department: Bookstore

Summary: Reporting to the Bookstore Manager, the Bookstore Sales Associate will be responsible for providing sales and customer service to bookstore patrons. The Bookstore serves as the main source for course books for the Newberry Seminar classes, exclusive deaccessioned items, titles for Public Program events, books reflecting the Newberry’s collections and an extensive selection of cards and gifts.


  • Provide sales assistance and customer service to patrons, assisting with product information and making book selections;
  • Open and close the store;
  • Accurate running of the POS system for sales, reports and inventory;
  • Light store maintenance to include cleaning, merchandising, stocking and maintaining the overall store appearance;
  • Serve as a first point of contact for the public visiting the library;
  • Communicate stock needs for ordering;
  • Sell Associate memberships;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Some college preferred;
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated initiative and motivation;
  • Retail experience, preferably in bookstore or museum sales;
  • Physical strength to lift 20 pounds, and mobility and endurance for moving boxes and stocking shelves;
  • High level of flexibility in multitasking while on the register;
  • Proven ability to accurately count cash, make change, and balance a cash register at the end of the day;
  • Basic Excel skills.

Schedule: Part-time, Saturdays 9 AM – 5 PM. Some availability for evening event book sales and twice yearly inventory weekends. Possible vacation coverage may be requested.

Date Posted: October 6, 2016

Date Available: Immediately