About | Newberry


The Newberry Library supports and inspires research, teaching, and learning in the humanities.


Photo by Tom Rossiter

Photo by Tom Rossiter

The Newberry collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—is a portal to more than six centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. We connect researchers and visitors with our collection in the Newberry’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, program spaces, classrooms, and online digital resources.

To aid Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Newberry is closed to the public until further notice. Please visit newberry.org/covid19 for updates regarding library operations. Learn about the myriad ways you can connect with us online.

Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has remained dedicated to deepening our collective understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As individuals engage with Newberry collections and staff, they discover stories that bridge the past and present and illuminate the human condition.

The Newberry’s community of discovery is driven by a shared commitment to promoting research, inspiring learning, and using inquiry across the humanities as a tool to engage critically in a vibrant democratic society.