Group Visits and Instruction | Newberry

Group Visits and Instruction

The Newberry welcomes classes at all grade levels as well as community groups, professional organizations, genealogical societies, and others who are interested in a guided experience at the library. These visits may include a tour of the reading rooms, research orientation, collection presentation or some combination of the three.

Scheduling Your Visit

  • To schedule a visit, please submit a Group Visit Request Form.
  • At least two weeks notice is required, and four weeks notice is recommended for all presentations. While we try to accommodate all requests, appointments are subject to staff, space, and collection availability.
  • We can accommodate groups of up to 12, including all instructors and Newberry staff. For groups that exceed the in-person limit, we offer virtual orientations and collection presentations either led by the instructor or by Newberry staff.
  • In-person collection presentations may include up to eight collection items while virtual collection presentations may include up to five collection items.
  • Group visits are available during our regular reading room hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.
  • If you’re an instructor with no prior experience with us, we encourage you to visit in advance to familiarize yourself with the library and to view the Newberry collection items you’d like to request as part of your group visit.

Services and Pricing

Research Orientation

A Newberry librarian provides an overview of research strategies and the different tools you can use to navigate our collection. The session lasts about an hour and can be done in-person or online.

No fee

Virtual Collection Presentation (Instructor-Led)

A pre-recorded presentation of up to five collection items led by the class instructor. Instructors can record on-site at the library, or Newberry staff can facilitate filming.

No fee

Virtual Collection Presentation (Newberry Staff-Led)

Newberry staff lead presentations, over Zoom, of up to five collection items.

Fee: $100

In-Person Collection Presentation (Instructor-Led)

Instructors select up to eight collection items to be featured in their group visit A Newberry staff member will be present to supervise handling and use of materials.

Fee: $50

In-Person Collection Presentation (Newberry Staff-Led)

Newberry staff lead presentations of up to eight collection items. These presentations are tailored to your group’s interests and may include a lecture or active learning exercise.

Fee: $150

Group visit fees can be paid using checks made out to the Newberry Library or, to pay by credit card, please contact Will Hansen at (312) 255-3527.

Fees are waived for members of the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Consortium. The Newberry works closely with many community groups and smaller institutions for whom the above fees can be waived. Please submit your request for a fee waiver on the Group Visit Request Form.

Day of Your Visit

When you arrive at the library, please check in with our staff in the Welcome Center on the first floor. Students are welcome to bring notebooks, pencils, cameras, laptops, or any other study materials into the classroom; however, coats, bags, and any food or drink must be stored in lockers available on the library’s first floor.

The Newberry does not have a visitor parking lot, but garage parking is available in the neighborhood. The nearest parking garage is located at 100 West Chestnut Street (enter on Clark Street). We validate tickets for discounted parking at this garage.

Anyone in your group is welcome to sign up for a Newberry reader’s card for full access to the library’s collection. We’re happy to offer personalized research assistance for individual users after the group visit.

Questions? Contact us at reference@newberry.org or by phone at (312) 255-3512.