Non Profit/Academic Events
The Newberry’s uncommon elegance provides a beautiful backdrop for so many possibilities.
As a non-profit research library, the Newberry is happy to open our doors to many other non-profit organizations and academic institutions for space rentals. These rentals can include all-day or multi-day conferences, evening lecture programs, seminars both large and small, fundraisers, networking events, graduation programs, and more.
Ruggles Hall, our largest room, is highly versatile.
Ruggles Hall provides many options for set-up flexibility in use of space for daytime, evening, and weekend events. Whether you’re preparing for a seminar, a lecture presentation, strolling cocktails, or a lunch or dinner, the Newberry includes in all rentals full use of all of our dinner, cocktail, high top, and 6’ tables, as well as our opera or padded chairs. Clients are welcome to bring in customized decor to dress the space to fit the event theme or organization colors. Any of our exclusive caterers are welcome to work in this space; the Newberry can provide a list of suggested vendors upon request.
Our Lobby is a lovely space for evening events.
Primarily accommodating cocktail receptions, the Lobby has exquisite details that highlight the turn-of-the-century features for which the Newberry is so well known. An art-nouveau chandelier graces the lobby’s 20’ ceiling; the broad marble staircase, with its ornate banister, is the focal point of the room. And use of our Steinway baby grand piano is included in the rental fee. Any of our exclusive caterers are welcome to work in this space; the Newberry can provide a list of suggested vendors.
Towner Fellows’ Lounge is our formal 2nd-floor Presidential Board Room.
Towner Fellows’ Lounge is another space often used for smaller lectures, programs, and networking and alumni events. The exquisite details of Towner Fellows’ Lounge showcase its turn-of-the-century elegance with oak-paneled walls, an antique board table and leather settee, and organ clock. The Newberry limits which caterers are permitted to work in this historic space; please inquire for further information.
Lower-Level Conference Rooms are available in a variety of sizes
Our first-floor and lower-level conference rooms vary in size and configuration. Depending on room selection, your rental will accommodate anywhere from 10 to 30 attendees. All of these rooms come with built-in AV (PC, projector, and audio), and are food-friendly.
Delve deeper into the Newberry collections and temporary exhibits on a guided tour led by one of our trained library educators. For a nominal requested donation, these tours can be incorporated into your event.
For an additional charge, the Newberry can provide A/V options for presentations and programs:
- WiFi access
- Computer, projector, and screen
- Microphones and speakers
- Facilities representative to work closely with your AV technician for set-up and troubleshooting