Tours and Orientations | Newberry

Tours and Orientations

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

Building Tours of the Newberry

If these walls could talk…Fortunately, our tour docents can! Join us for a free building tour to learn about the history of the Newberry, the unique architecture of our building (opened in 1893), and the ins and outs of one of the world’s premier research institutions.

We offer tours every Thursday at 1 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. No advance registration required.

We’re happy to accommodate larger groups. If you have ten people or more, please book a private tour. We ask that you schedule your tour at least two weeks in advance. If you want to schedule a private tour or have additional questions about tours, please contact Rebecca Haynes at haynesr@newberry.org or (312) 255-3526. Private tours are free, but donations are encouraged.

Exhibition Tours

A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print opens on Friday, September 9. Join our docents for a personalized experience as they lead guests through stories about the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the lives of early writing masters, and the artistry that skilled penmanship requires. Public tours will be offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1 pm and Thursdays at 11:30 am. No advance registration is required.

We’re happy to accommodate larger groups. If you have ten people or more, please book a private tour. We ask that you schedule your tour at least two weeks in advance. If you want to schedule a private tour or have additional questions about tours, please contact Rebecca Haynes at haynesr@newberry.org or (312) 255-3526. Private tours are free, but donations are encouraged.

Group Visits to the Reading Rooms

The Newberry welcomes classes at all grade levels as well as community groups, professional organizations, genealogical societies, and others who are interested in a guided experience involving the library’s collections. Learn more.

Renaissance Consortium Visits

The Center for Renaissance Studies facilitate virtual class visits for instructors at consortium institutions. These visits could be synchronous or pre-recorded presentations using Newberry collection materials. For more information on virtual class presentations, please contact CRS staff at renaissance@newberry.org.