Services for Readers and Researchers

General Reading Room, 1962.
General Reading Room, 1962.

The Newberry is free and open to the public. We provide a range of services to readers and researchers interested in our world-class collection of books, manuscripts, maps, music, and other printed materials.

The Newberry’s reading rooms are open Tuesday through Saturday to those who are at least 16 years old or juniors in high school. Learn more about Obtaining a Reader’s Card, Reading Room Procedures, Reading Room Policies, and Hours. Those researching family history may be interested in our Programs for Genealogists.

If you are unable to visit the Newberry in person, there are many ways to Contact a Librarian. We accept reference inquiries by mail, email, and telephone. The Newberry encourages students under the age of 16 to contact us with questions. Although the reading rooms are not open to researchers younger than 16, the Newberry’s email and phone reference service is available to everyone.

Learn more about the Newberry’s Rights and Reproductions, Interlibrary Loan, and Referral services.