Event—Public Programming

The 2022 Newberry Book Fair

Chicago’s most popular used-book sale is back! Browse through thousands of books in dozens of genres, including fiction, philosophy, history, art, cooking, children’s literature, and much, much more. With many items priced at $3 or less, you can stock up on new reads and expand your own personal library on the cheap. Admission is free.

Everything for sale at the volunteer-led Book Fair is generously donated, and all proceeds help further the Newberry’s mission to foster a deeper understanding of our world through research and learning.

Know in Advance:

  • Book Fair is cashless: only debit and credit cards accepted.
  • Please bring your own shopping bags.
  • We recommend taking public transportation to the Book Fair, as street parking is limited.


Interested in helping us make the 2022 Book Fair a success? You can sign up to volunteer during the month of June. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Rebecca Haynes at haynesr@newberry.org or (312) 255-3526.

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Preview Day (Thursday, July 28)

Be the first to get into Book Fair and scour the sale for literary treasures. Members of the Newberry Associates at the Authors level and above ($100 or more/year) are invited to Book Fair Preview Day on Thursday, July 28.

Learn more.

If you have any questions about Book Fair, please contact us at (312) 255-3581 or contributions@newberry.org.

Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square (Saturday, July 30)

During this free event in Washington Square Park (“Bughouse Square”), we're celebrating the power of storytelling and its role in shaping our city.

People from across Chicago and beyond are invited to listen to a series of authors and storytellers, and even share their own stories if they’re moved to step up to the open mic.

The festivities will also include the presentation of the Newberry’s first annual Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award. The award will be presented to Dawn Turner, author of Three Girls from Bronzeville.

Learn more.