Services for Readers and Researchers
The Newberry is free and open to the public. We provide a range of services to readers and researchers interested in our world-class collection of books, manuscripts, maps, music, and other printed materials.
Our reading rooms are currently open by appointment only, Tuesday through Friday, to anyone who is at least 14 years old (or in the ninth grade) and curious about the humanities. Appointments are required to ensure social distancing and to allow staff to clean high-touch surfaces and equipment as well as to quarantine collection items after use.
If you’re researching your family history, you may be interested in our Programs for Genealogists.
If you are unable to visit the Newberry in person, there are many ways to engage with our collections and staff. You can Contact a Librarian; we accept reference inquiries by mail, email, and telephone. The Newberry encourages students under the age of 14 to contact us with questions. Although the reading rooms are not open to researchers younger than 14, the Newberry’s email and phone reference service is available to everyone.
For guidance on appraisals, conservation, image research, or independent and scholarly genealogical researchers, see our Referrals page.
You can explore our Digital Collections to find digitized collection items, scholarly publications and research tools, interactive resources, tools designed for education, and online exhibitions.
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