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We're here to help you get the most out of your research using the Newberry collection.

Newberry librarians venture into the stacks to help answer your research questions.

Response Times

We have a small team of reference librarians that fields research questions from across the globe. We will work on your inquiry and get you a response within about two weeks. Because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only answer up to two requests per person per month. Please note that staff are only able to spend up to one hour per request.

In-Depth Research Requests

If you're seeking more extensive assistance with your research, you may want to consider hiring an independent researcher.

See our list of independent researchers.

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Wherever you are in the world, you can submit a research question for our reference librarians.

About the Newberry Collection

The Newberry holds millions of sources that chronicle personal stories and historic moments across time.

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Research Guides

There are millions of items in the Newberry collection. Our bibliographies, checklists, and collection descriptions can help you find the ones that are most relevant to your research.

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