Services for Readers and Researchers

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. Elementary and high school students should consult our Information for Students page. People researching their family history may be interested in our Programs for Genealogists.

If you are unable to visit the Newberry in person, we accept reference inquiries by mail, email, and telephone. Please use our Contact a Librarian form to submit your reference questions, or call our Reference Desk at (312) 255-3506.

Learn more about Rights and Reproductions, Interlibrary Loan, and Referral services.