Tours and Orientations
Building Tours of the Newberry
The Newberry offers free public tours of the building on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 pm and Saturdays at 10:30 am. The tours are a great introduction to the Newberry and how to utilize the collections. Newberry docents will take guests on an exploration of the reading rooms, share the history of the Newberry family, and teach guests about the Newberry’s world renowned collections. No advanced registration is needed. All ages are welcome and tours last approximately 60 minutes.
Private tours can be arranged for groups. These tours are perfect for classes, organizations, clubs, and conferences. Private tours can be scheduled during reading room hours based on staff and docent availability. Please schedule a private tour at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a private tour contact Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 255-3526.
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No reservations are required for Genealogy and Local History Orientation (although groups should contact Matt Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History, at (312) 255-3671 or email@example.com). Attendees must be at least 14 years of age or in the ninth grade.
Newberry docents offer free public tours of our temporary exhibitions. Tours of our current exhibition, Melville: Finding America at Sea, will be offered on Saturdays at 2 pm from January 26 - April 6. Tours will give guests a personalized experience of one of the world’s most significant collections of works by Herman Melville. No advanced registration is needed. All ages are welcomed and tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Public tours of The Legacy of Chicago Dance will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 2 pm from April 27 - July 6. Guests will be led through the Newberry’s extensive dance collection and explore the way that the Chicago dance community has grown and changed over time.
Private tours can be arranged for groups. These tours are perfect for classes, organizations, clubs, and conferences. Private tours can be scheduled during exhibition hours based on staff and docent availability. Please schedule a private tour at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a private tour contact Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 255-3526.
Group Visits to the Reading Rooms
The Newberry can accommodate small outside group visits for tours and orientations of the library, including research in the reading rooms, subject to availability. Newberry programs and classes, which get first priority, are especially active in January, February, July, September, and October. As a result, there are fewer group visit slots available during these months. Staff limitations and space constraints are other factors that may not permit the Newberry to accommodate a particular group visit. All tour/group members must be at least 14 years of age or freshmen in high school. For more information, please visit either Group Visits for Classes or Group Visits for Genealogists.
Renaissance Consortium Visits
The Center for Renaissance Studies serves a consortium of 50 member universities. Faculty at those universities who would like to bring classes to the Newberry should visit the center’s Consortium page to find out more about what kinds of group visits may be accommodated.