Volunteers are valued partners at the Newberry. As a volunteer, you can engage with staff, library users, and other volunteers in a variety of ways.
If you love to learn, teach, and inspire, become a Newberry volunteer today.
In recognition of their dedication to the Newberry, volunteers receive the following benefits:.
• Exclusive continuing education programs
• Invitations to annual recognition events
• 10% discount at the Newberry Bookshop
• Subscription to The Newberry Magazine
Greet visitors to the Newberry and help them navigate the library’s many offerings. Serve as an ambassador, answer questions, and work alongside library staff to encourage use of the Newberry’s collection.
Lead tours of the Newberry building or an exhibition. Through engaging storytelling, you'll illuminate our collection and history for visitors.
Assist customers, conduct sales, and help with stocking and merchandising in the Newberry Bookshop.
Check in attendees for our free public programs. Help us engage the public through workshops, lectures, performances, and more.
Support Chicago’s favorite used book sale by serving as a cashier, stocking shelves, or answering shopper questions at the sale in July. Volunteers are also needed year-round to sort book donations.
Interested in volunteering at the 2023 Book Fair? Fill out the form at the link below.
Many areas of the Newberry need volunteers to conduct research, support programs, or provide general office work. Openings vary based on staff needs and availability.
Get in Touch
For more information, contact Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers, at (312) 255-3526 or via email.