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Ferris Wheel, Midway Plaisance, facsimile watercolor by H.D Nichols

The famous Ferris wheel at the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893, from The Book of the Fair.

Join the Newberry Associates today!

The Newberry is one of the few independent research libraries in the world that welcomes scholars and the public into its reading rooms free of charge. As such, we rely upon the generous contributions of our patrons and friends, including the Newberry Associates. With their gifts to the Annual Fund, members of the Newberry Associates and President’s Fellows provide the essential unrestricted support we depend upon to make our world-renowned collection accessible to thousands of people each year.

You can make a donation online or call (312) 255-3616 to join the Newberry Associates today! The Newberry is a 501(c)(3) organization and membership is fully tax deductible.

We recognize those individuals who give $50 or more to the Annual Fund as members of the Newberry Associates. As a thank you, we offer the following benefits of membership by level of support.

Membership levels and benefits

Bibliophiles – $50 to $99

  • A subscription to The Newberry Magazine
  • A Newberry coffee mug
  • Invitation to a special Associates event

Authors – $100 to $249

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation for two to Book Fair Preview Night
  • 10 % discount on Newberry Library Adult Education Seminars
  • 10 % discount at the Newberry Bookstore
  • Opportunity to enroll in a Newberry Book Group

Next Chapter – $50

Members under 45

  • All of the benefits of an Authors level membership including an invitation for two to Book Fair Preview Night
  • Invitations and early access to exclusive Next Chapter events

Literati – $250 to $499

All of the above, plus:

  • Recognition in the Annual Report
  • Special recognition gift, such as a Newberry umbrella or hat
  • Early registration for Newberry Adult Education Seminars

Humanists – $500 to $999

All of the above, plus:

  • An invitation to the opening reception for a Newberry exhibition
  • Special 30% off holiday shopping week at the Newberry Bookstore

Scholars – $1,000 to $1,499

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Newberry

Join the Newberry Associates today!

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The Newberry’s work to serve thousands of patrons each year would not be possible without the generosity of our donors. For more information about joining the Newberry Associates and the benefits of membership, please contact Luke Herman, Annual Giving Manager, at (312) 255-3616 or

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