Anyone who is at least 14 years old or in the ninth grade is welcome to register for a reader’s card and begin exploring our collection. The Newberry collections focus on the humanities, which is a broad category of academic disciplines that includes history, literature, art, foreign languages and cultures, music, philosophy, and religion. If you are unsure whether the library’s collections suit your research interests, please browse our Core Collections and check our Online Catalog. Our librarians have also compiled numerous Research Guides, organized alphabetically by subject, to help researchers begin their exploration of the collections.
You may also wish to contact the Newberry’s Research Centers, which sponsor programs and research at the Newberry related to their subject. If your research goals are more long-term, you may wish to apply for a Fellowship.
If you are decided on your topic of research and are making plans to visit the Newberry, you should familiarize yourself in advance with the Newberry’s Reading Room Policies, Reading Room Procedures, and information about Obtaining a Reader’s Card. The Newberry also provides Tours and Orientations focused on the reading rooms.