Services for Readers and Researchers | Newberry

Services for Readers and Researchers

General Reading Room, 1962.

General Reading Room, 1962.

Following guidance from the City of Chicago, we are not requiring visitors to wear masks or show proof of vaccination.

The Newberry is free and open to the public. We provide a range of services to researchers interested in our world-class collection of books, manuscripts, maps, music, and other printed materials.

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.

If you are interested in obtaining reproductions of a Newberry collection item, learn more about the Newberry’s Rights and Reproductions and Interlibrary Loan services.

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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