Open House Chicago: The Newberry Library | Newberry

Open House Chicago: The Newberry Library

Original building blueprint, as designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb

Original building blueprint, as designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb

Tour the Newberry's Newly Renovated Henry Ives Cobb Building
Saturday, October 13, 2018

9 am to 5 pm  

Free and open to the public; no registration required
Open to the Public

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Newberry Library’s move to 60 West Walton Street, to the neo-Romanesque building designed by Henry Ives Cobb. We have just completed a transformation of the first floor to expand our community of learning and multiply the public’s opportunities for interacting with collections and staff, just steps after entering the Newberry.

New areas include a welcome center where visitors can learn about the Newberry and register as readers; an expanded bookshop and adjoining visitor lounge with coffee and free wifi; a climate-controlled seminar room allowing classes and other groups to handle items from our collection; and a permanent exhibition, From the Stacks.

During the Newberry’s participation in the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago, join us for docent-led behind-the-scenes glimpses of a world-class independent research library.

Participants may also visit the library’s free exhibitions on their own: From the Stacks, showcasing maps, manuscripts, books, music, and postcards from the library’s collection, and the temporary thematic show Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World’s Fair, running through December 31, 2018.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; no registration required.