We look forward to welcoming you to the Newberry. We’ve updated our COVID-19 visitor policy, following new guidance from public health officials.
Please read the following closely while planning your visit. Thank you for your understanding as we take measures to ensure a safe learning environment for our visitors, volunteers, and staff.
Masks are required at all times.
All visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (The CDC’s definition of full vaccination can be found here.)
If you’re visiting our reading rooms to conduct research, you must show proof of vaccination in the library welcome center upon entry.
Proof of vaccination can include a physical vaccine card, a photocopy of the card, a digital record or app on your phone, or a printed record from a vaccine provider. A valid photo ID is required as well.
If you’re visiting our galleries or bookstore, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times.
Other Safety Precautions
As we have since the pandemic began, the Newberry will continue to limit public gatherings; most upcoming programs will be held online.
Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the library.
Q: Are there exceptions to your proof of vaccination policy?
A: If you have received a medical or religious exemption, you must provide proof of your exemption as well as proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within 72 hours of your visit.
Q: If I am not fully vaccinated, can I enter the library with a negative COVID-19 test result?
A: We will accept a negative COVID-19 test result (administered by a medical professional within 72 hours of your visit) only if you can also provide proof of a religious or medical exemption from vaccination.