Services for Readers and Researchers

General Reading Room, 1962.

Welcome to the Newberry, an independent research library dedicated to collecting in the humanities. The Newberry provides a wide range of services to readers and researchers interested in our world-class collection of books, manuscripts, maps, music, and other printed materials.

The Newberry reading rooms are open Tuesdays through Saturdays to researchers who are at least 16 years old or juniors in high school.  Learn more about Obtaining a Reader’s Card, Reading Room Procedures, and Hours.

The Newberry welcomes reference inquiries by mail, email, and telephone. Please Contact a Librarian with your reference questions or visit the Contact Us page for email and phone numbers—we look forward to hearing from you.

Additionally, you may wish to consult our Reading Room Policies in advance of your visit. Learn more about Rights and Reproductions, Interlibrary Loan, and Referrals.