Volunteering | Newberry


Newberry volunteers work at Book Fair.

Newberry volunteers assist in everything from special catalog duties to preparing for the Book Fair.

Volunteers are an important part of the Newberry Library, dedicating thousands of hours annually to the Newberry’s collection, projects, and activities. Current opportunities are listed below.

The renovation of our first floor is currently limiting some volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in playing a role in connecting the public with the Newberry’s collections, programs, and exhibits, please keep an eye on this page as we announce additional opportunities in the spring of 2018.

Welcome Center and Greeters

The renovation will increase opportunities for volunteers to engage the public as they enter the library. If you are an energetic person who enjoys welcoming and assisting the public, these roles might be a great fit for you. Check back in the spring of 2018 for additional information.

Tour Docents

Docents lead public tours of the Newberry to teach the public about the collections, activities, and history of the library. Docents must be engaging and passionate, ready to share their knowledge with guests from around the world. Training for new docents will take place in the spring of 2018.

Book Fair Volunteers

The Newberry Book Fair requires hundreds of volunteers each summer. It is a great way to get to know the Newberry and participate in one of the nation’s largest used book fairs. Find out more about Book Fair Volunteering.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Other areas of the Newberry often need volunteers to assist with administrative work, research, and a variety of other tasks. Volunteer opportunities vary based on projects and staff needs. New openings will be posted on this page.

If you have questions or would like more information about volunteering at the Newberry, contact Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers, at haynesr@newberry.org or (312) 255-3526.