Group Visits for Classes

A student works with Pullman materials.
A student works with Pullman materials while on a class visit. September, 2011.

The Newberry has an active instruction and outreach program for high school teachers, undergraduates, and graduate students. These visits may include a Newberry orientation and tour, a collection show-and-tell, or independent research in the reading rooms.

Since 2008, the Newberry has welcomed nearly 1,300 groups comprised of nearly 20,000 learners, but we cannot accommodate all group visit requests. Newberry-based programs get first priority, and these programs are especially active in January, February, June, July, September, and October. As a result, there are fewer outside group visits available during these months. Staff limitations and space constraints are other factors that might not permit the Newberry to accommodate a particular group visit.

Our class visit calendar for the spring semester 2014 is full. Tours of our current exhibit for groups and classes are available until late-March, please call (312) 255-3700 for more information.

Scheduling Your Visit

  • To inquire about a visit, please call John Brady, Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana, at (312) 255-3527. Please contact the Newberry as soon as you begin to plan for a group visit. A minimum of a two-week notice is required, and not all groups can be accommodated.
  • Group visits can be scheduled for a fee of $100. Checks should be made payable to the Newberry Library.
  • Group visits last about an hour and may include an orientation and tour, a collection show-and-tell, or independent research in the reading rooms.
  • The maximum size for group visits for an orientation and tour is 25.
  • The maximum size for group visits for a collection show-and-tell is 15.
  • A maximum of six Newberry items may be requested for a collection show-and-tell. While a Newberry staff member will be on hand to supervise a collection show-and-tell, instructors are responsible for selecting the books, manuscripts, or maps, and for presenting the materials to their students. If you need help selecting materials for a collection show-and-tell, Newberry staff may be of assistance.
  • Instructors who have not used the Newberry are strongly encouraged to make a trip to best prepare for the class visit, especially if they intend to present a collection show-and-tell.
  • Group visits are only available during regular Newberry reading room hours.
  • All group members must be at least 16 years old or juniors in high school.
  • The Center for Renaissance Studies serves a consortium of dozens of member universities. Faculty at those universities who would like to bring classes to the Newberry should visit the Renaissance Center Consortium page to find out more about what kinds of group visits may be accommodated.

Day of Your Visit

As part of the group visit, those who do not already have a valid Newberry reader’s card will have the opportunity to Obtain a Reader’s Card for future research at the Newberry. A valid photo ID is required. Visitors are required to leave coats and large bags in lockers in the lobby. Lockers cost a quarter, which is returned after use. Research assistance is available on the third floor Reference Desk and also on the second floor Genealogy and Local History Reference Desk for those who want to engage in research after the group visit. There is a readers’ lounge on the first floor with tables and vending machines (coffee, soft drinks, chips, candy). Visitors who bring a lunch will need to store it in a locker on the first floor. See Accommodations and Dining for a list of local restaurants.

Further questions? Please call John Brady at (312) 255-3527.