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Ferris Wheel, Midway Plaisance, facsimile watercolor by H.D Nichols

The famous Ferris wheel at the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893, from The Book of the Fair.

Join the Newberry Associates today!

The Newberry is one of the few independent research libraries in the world that welcomes scholars and the public into its reading rooms free of charge. As such, we rely upon the generous contributions of our patrons and friends, including the Newberry Associates. With their gifts to the Annual Fund, members of the Newberry Associates and President’s Fellows provide the essential unrestricted support we depend upon to make our world-renowned collection accessible to thousands of people each year.

You can make a donation online or call (312) 255-3599 to join the Newberry Associates today! The Newberry is a 501(c)(3) organization and membership is fully tax deductible.

We recognize those individuals who give $50 or more to the Annual Fund as members of the Newberry Associates. As a thank you, we offer the following benefits of membership by level of support.

Membership levels

Bibliophiles – With a gift of $50 to $99 to the Annual Fund, Bibliophiles receive:

  • An invitation to Associates Night
  • A subscription to The Newberry Magazine
  • A Newberry coffee mug
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Authors – With a gift of $100 to $249 to the Annual Fund, Authors receive all Bibliophiles benefits, plus:

  • An invitation for two to Book Fair Preview Night
  • Discounts at the Newberry Bookstore and on Newberry Adult Education Seminar registration fees
  • An invitation to join an exclusive Newberry Book Group
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Literati – With a gift of $250 to $499 to the Annual Fund, Literati receive all Authors benefits, plus:

  • Recognition in the Annual Report
  • Early registration opportunities for Newberry Adult Education Seminars
  • Your choice of a Newberry recognition gift, such as a hat or tote bag
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Humanists – With a gift of $500 to $999 to the Annual Fund, Humanists receive all Literati benefits, plus:

  • An invitation to a reception and curator’s walk celebrating the opening of a Newberry exhibition
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Scholars – With a gift of $1,000 to $1,499 to the Annual Fund, Scholars receive all Humanists benefits, plus:

  • An invitation to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Newberry and a curator-led show and tell with collection materials
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Learn more

The Newberry’s work to serve thousands of patrons each year would not be possible without the generosity of our donors. For more information about joining the Newberry Associates and the benefits of membership, please contact Alexandra Katich, Director of Annual Giving, at (312) 255-3599 or

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