Updates Regarding COVID-19 | Newberry

Updates Regarding COVID-19

Updated May 12, 2020, 11:26 am

The Newberry will remain closed until the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago ease restrictions on gatherings at cultural institutions. We will continually monitor updates from public health officials as we prepare to ensure a safe environment for visitors in the Newberry’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and event spaces. Our highest priority is the health and safety of Newberry staff, researchers, and visitors.

In the meantime, here are a few updates regarding summer programming from the Newberry:

  • Due to the current prohibition against large gatherings in Chicago, we will not be able to hold the 2020 Newberry Book Fair this summer.
  • The Bughouse Square Debates will not take place in Washington Square Park this July, but we’re working with our partners to explore options for hosting the event online. Look for updates about “Virtual Bughouse” in the coming weeks.
  • Adult Education Seminars also will be moving online this summer. The schedule of virtual classes will be made available soon.

We regret the disruption of access to the library. But while we are closed, we’ll continue to support your research, teaching, and learning by providing free access to our collections and digital resources online. You can: