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Thank you for contacting the Newberry Reference Staff with your question. If you have a quick question regarding our policies, hours, or holdings, please call us at (312) 255-3506 during reading room hours.

These sorts of questions can be answered most effectively over the phone:

  • I am planning a visit. What do I need to know to make the best use of my time at the Newberry?
  • Does the Newberry hold a copy of a specific work in its collections?
  • I have a question about how to use the Newberry’s catalogs and guides to locate material relevant to my research topic.

Please complete the following form to submit your research question. The Newberry has a small reference staff that answers more than 10,000 queries per year from researchers all over the world. Responses take an average of 4-6 weeks, depending on the number of requests pending and the nature of the request. Please be as thorough and specific as possible in posing your question and completing the form; this will allow us to provide you with a quicker and more thorough response.

To provide you with the best possible service, we ask that you please consult the Newberry’s catalogs and guides prior to placing a research request. Questions on permissions, rights and reproductions, and reading room procedures and policies may be answered by reviewing pages of our website. The Newberry’s core collection descriptions and research guides may also assist you in locating materials in our collections.


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If you have a quick question regarding our policies, hours, or holdings, you may wish to call us at (312) 255-3506. If it is possible for you to visit, you may wish to consult a librarian at one of our reference desks.

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