Information for students

The Chicago Record’s Book for Young People: Profusely Illustrated AC 5 .C48 1900 p. 57
The Chicago Record’s Book for Young People: Profusely Illustrated AC 5 .C48 1900 p. 57

Information about the Newberry Library For High School and Elementary Students

What is the Newberry Library?

The Newberry Library is an independent research library devoted to the humanities. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the Newberry Library is home to a world-class collection of books, manuscripts, maps, music, and other printed materials.

Is the Newberry Library part of the Chicago Public Library System?

No, the Newberry Library is not part of the Chicago Public Library System.

Can I visit the Newberry Library?

Yes, you may visit the Newberry Library. We are located at 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610. Our Lobby and Exhibit Gallery are open to the public on Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:15 am-5 pm, and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 am-7:30 pm. The Reading Rooms are open to researchers Tuesday through Friday from 9 am-5 pm, and on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm. Researchers must be at least 16 years old or juniors in high school. Before using the collections, all researchers must apply for and receive a Newberry Library Reader’s Card. Reader Cards are issued on the 3rd floor of the Library during reading room hours. Valid photo ID, proof of current home address, and a research interest that is supported by the Newberry’s collections are required for issuance of a Reader’s Card. For more information on becoming a Newberry Library Reader, please see Services for Readers and Researchers.

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

The Newberry Library encourages researchers under the age of 16 (or younger than juniors in high school) to email or call the Reference Staff with questions. Although the Reading Rooms are not open to younger researchers, the Newberry’s email and phone reference service is available to everyone. In many cases, the Reference Staff may be able to suggest other libraries, resources, or websites that are appropriate to your research. You can contact a reference librarian by calling (312) 255-3506 or by emailing

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

In order to find items at the Newberry Library, you need to search our online catalog. The online catalog includes the majority of the Library’s collections. If you have any questions about the catalog or our collections, please contact us.

Can I borrow materials from the Newberry Library?

The Newberry is a non-circulating library, so materials are not loaned. Readers consult all items inside the Library. Photoduplication services are available, depending on the nature of the request and the size and condition of the item. Photocopies cost $.40/page, plus mail/handling fees. Please plan ahead: Due to the number of requests received, it takes a few weeks for us to complete orders.

Do you have any digital images online?

Yes. The Newberry currently has five collections of digital images online. All five collections may be found at

Ayer Art Digital Collection: Over 500 images related to American Indian history and culture from the Edward E. Ayer Collection.

Pullman Digital Collection: 1,299 Pullman Company car drawings, ca. 1870-1969.

Great Lakes Digital Collection: 550 images of Illinois and the Great Lakes from the French period of exploration and settlement to the early 20th Century.

North American Indian Photographs Collection: A selection of over 300 portraits of Midwestern Indian tribes (Menominee, Ojibwa, Winnebago, Santee, Yankton, and Yantonai) from the Edward E. Ayer Collection.

Daily Life Along the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad: A selection of photographs focusing on Illinois scenes, the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, and its workers.

We also have a number of online exhibits, and many have images:

Abraham Lincoln at 200

Digital Version of Popol-Vuh

The Aztecs and Making of Colonial Mexico

Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country

Outspoken: Chicago’s Free Speech Tradition

Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend

Renaissance Dante in Print

Mapping the French Empire in North America

Helpful Online Research Resources

Encyclopedia of Chicago

Chicago Public Library

Chicago History Museum History Fair Resources

Chicago Daily News Photos, 1902-1933

Chicago Metro History Fair Resource Guide

Library of Congress American Memory Site

National Archives Resources for Students

New York Public Library Digital Gallery (not just NY images)

Sheet Music Consortium

What Are Primary Sources? (UC-Berkeley guide)