Information for Students

Illustration of book anatomy from The Chicago Record’s Book for Young People: Profusely Illustrated. AC 5 .C48 1900
Illustration of book anatomy from The Chicago Record’s Book for Young People: Profusely Illustrated. AC 5 .C48 1900

What is the Newberry?

The Newberry is an independent research library located in Chicago, Illinois. The Newberry is home to a world-class collection of books, manuscripts, maps, music, and other materials.

Can I visit the Newberry?

Yes! The Exhibit Galleries are open to the public Monday - Saturday, and the Newberry Bookstore is open Tuesday - Saturday. We offer free tours every Thursday at 3 pm and every Saturday at 10:30 am. The Newberry also hosts many programs that are free and open to the public. Check our calendar for current listings. The Newberry is located at 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610. See our Hours page to plan your visit.

The reading rooms are open to researchers who are at least 16 years old or juniors in high school. Before using the collections, all researchers must register for a Reader’s Card. Cards are issued on the 3rd floor of the Library during reading room hours. To register, we require a valid photo ID, proof of current home address, and a research interest that is supported by the Newberry’s collections.

I am not yet 16 or a junior in high school. How can I access the Newberry’s collections?

The Newberry encourages students under the age of 16 (or younger than juniors in high school) to contact us with questions. Although the reading rooms are not open to researchers younger than 16, the Newberry’s email and phone reference service is available to everyone. In many cases, Newberry librarians may be able to suggest other libraries, resources, or websites that are appropriate to your research. Call the reference desk at (312) 255-3506 or use our Contact a Librarian web form.

How do I find out what you have in your collections?

Browse our Core Collections for an overview of what’s here at the Newberry. Search our online catalog for particular items, or explore our Research Guides and Modern Manuscript Collections.

Can I borrow materials from the Newberry?

The Newberry is a non-circulating library. Readers must view all items in the Newberry’s reading rooms. See our Rights & Reproductions page for information about obtaining images or photocopies of Newberry items.

Do you have any digital images online?

Yes; explore our Digital Resources page.

Is the Newberry part of the Chicago Public Library?

The Newberry is not part of the Chicago Public Library. It is an independent non-profit organization that was founded in 1887. See our Newberry History page for more information.

Does the Newberry issue the Newbery Medal?

No. The Newberry is named for its benefactor Walter Loomis Newberry, a prominent Chicago businessman and book collector whose surname is spelled with two “r”s. The Newbery Medal is named for John Newbery, an 18th-century bookseller whose surname is spelled with one “r.” This award is granted by the Association for Library Service to Children.