Visit | Newberry


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.