The Newberry religion-related collection focuses on original source material and printed editions from Western Europe and the Americas, spanning the late Middle Ages through the early twentieth century. For more detailed information on the topics within the Religion collection, see the Core Collections Description page.

Use the sections below to explore. Please call the reference desk at (312) 255-3512 with questions about our holdings, or contact a librarian with research questions.

Newberry Library Catalog: Simple search | Advanced search

Search the online catalog by author, title, or keyword(s) such as religion, sect, name, event, or format, as well as any additional keywords that help to narrow your search, e.g.



Moses Maimonides

Trinity Church Chicago


Church history - [city or country]

Quaker Sermons

You may also search for a religious collection acquired by the Newberry by searching by "[Former Owner's Name] Collection, (Newberry Library)," e.g.

Mundelein College Collection, (Newberry Library)

Choose Held By Library to find physical items held at the Newberry and Sort By to see the newest or oldest materials. Use the Advanced Search to search for multiple terms or phrases in different fields and to search for materials created during a specific year or range of years. For more information about searching the online catalog, please see our Guide to Primo VE.

Modern Manuscripts & Archives at the Newberry: Search finding aids

Search by keyword(s) or browse by topic or subjects and filter results for relevant terms.

Newberry Digital Collections: Search digitized collection items

Browse all and use relevant filters or search by keyword(s).

Digitized Checklists

Physical copies of these lists can be found in the Newberry Checklist open shelves in the 2nd floor reading room.

Recusant Collection

Printed English Bibles

Printed French Bibles

Printed Latin Bibles

Selected Newberry Digital Scholarship Websites

Faith in the City: Religion and Urban Life in Chicago, 1870-1920. View online

Politics, Poetry, and Religious Life in Late-Medieval England after the Black Death. View online

Religious Change and Print Culture in the Reformation. View online

Religious Change and the Ottoman Empire, 1450-1750. View online

Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe. View online

The Crusades: Motivations, Administration, and Cultural Influence. View online

The English Reformation: Tradition and Change. View online

The Inquisition. View online

The Making of the Bible, 400-1700. View online


View full list of subscription databases available only onsite

All items with a “Ref” call number can be viewed on the open shelves on the 3rd floor and cannot be requested through the online catalog.

Encyclopedia of Religion. Lindsay Jones, editor in chief. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. View catalog record

Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010. View catalog record

Encyclopedia of Native American Religions: An Introduction. Arlene B. Hirschfelder. New York: Facts on File, 2000. View catalog record

Encyclopedia of Science and Religion. J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen, editor in chief. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2003. View catalog record

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