Volunteering | Newberry


Newberry volunteers work at Book Fair.

Newberry volunteers assist in everything from special catalog duties to preparing for the Book Fair.

Volunteers are an important part of the Newberry Library, dedicating thousands of hours annually to the Newberry’s collection, projects, and activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please look over the roles listed below and fill out a Volunteer Application.

We are actively recruiting volunteer to assist Newberry staff in our newly renovated first floor. These volunteer roles will be very public facing, and focused on making the Newberry more engaging and accessible to the public. Volunteer training is held regularly.


Greeters are friendly, outgoing individuals who enjoy engaging with the public and helping people feel welcomed at the Newberry. Greeters will assist guests in wayfinding and provide accurate information about the Newberry’s research, collections, and programs. They will also answer incoming phone calls, use the Newberry website, and maintain the greeter desk. An interest in the humanities and libraries is helpful.

Herget Welcome Center

The Herget Welcome Center is where individuals can register for readers cards, talk to library staff, and begin their research journeys at the Newberry. Welcome Center volunteers will work alongside library staff to provide guests with information about how to use the Newberry’s collection and attain reader’s cards. They will also maintain the Welcome Center space, assist guests in navigating the Newberry website and online catalog, and in answering phone calls. An interest in humanities, research, or libraries is helpful.

Bookshop Volunteers

The Newberry’s newly redesigned Rosenberg Bookshop in the Newberry Library is looking for volunteers with retail experience to assist in maintaining merchandise, handling sales, assisting clients, and taking special orders. A love of books, the humanities, and the Newberry is helpful.

Events Volunteer

The Newberry’s event department is currently looking for a individual to assist 10-15 hours per week. Projects include data entry, calender management, invoicing, filing paperwork, etc. A volunteer with a background in data and office management, has a flexible schedule, and is looking for a long term volunteer role would be ideal. If interested in this role, please indicate it on the volunteer application.

Book Fair Volunteers

The Newberry Book Fair requires hundreds of volunteers each summer. It is a great way to get to know the Newberry and participate in one of the nation’s largest used book fairs. Find out more about Book Fair Volunteering.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Other areas of the Newberry often need volunteers to assist with administrative work, research, and a variety of other tasks. Volunteer opportunities vary based on projects and staff needs. New openings will be posted on this page. If you are interested in these areas of the library feel free to fill out a volunteer application.

If you have questions or would like more information about volunteering at the Newberry, contact Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers, at haynesr@newberry.org or (312) 255-3526.

For information on internships please visit our internship page.