The Newberry welcomes donations of books, music, and videos for its annual Book Fair, which raises funds to help support the operations of the Newberry.
In addition, we are pleased to consider items for the collections. Before it is accepted, a potential donation is reviewed to determine whether it meets the goals of challenging opinions, kindling the imagination, and stimulating original research. Books are added to the collections, not because they are valuable (although they often are), but because they are unusual and evocative, and because they offer the possibility of expanding human knowledge. Examples of donated materials added to the library’s holdings range from family papers and biographies to collections of rare books, manuscripts, and maps. The Newberry also welcomes donations of funds to help support the cataloging and conservation of items added to the collections.
For all types of donations of books or other materials, please contact the Book Fair Manager at (312) 255-3501 for more information or to discuss your gift.