Programs and Events

Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has provided public programming in the humanities. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required.
E.g., 07/01/2015
E.g., 07/01/2015
Friday, April 10, 2015Friday, July 3, 2015
The Newberry Career of James M. Wells
James M. Wells served as custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing throughout his 33-year career at the Newberry, also serving as associate librarian and then vice president, and as the first George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Friday, April 10, 2015Friday, July 3, 2015
Celebrated short story writer Katherine Mansfield has generally been relegated to the fringe of literary modernism, especially among the influential Bloomsbury Group, who referred to her as the “little colonial.” Katherine Mansfield and the “Blooms-berries” displays a selection of Mansfield’s letters and notebooks which provide a context for better understanding her fiction and w
Friday, April 10, 2015Friday, July 3, 2015
Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Chicago Metro History Fair 2015
For nearly 40 years, the Chicago Metro History Fair has sparked students’ interest in history by encouraging them to develop original historical research projects.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, July 23, 2015Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Newberry is thrilled to bring back the popular Book Fair, one of the largest used-book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $2 or under.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Join Rick Kogan and the Newberry Library for Chicago’s favorite free speech event!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Inventing Antiquity, Creating Modernity in Late Eighteenth-Century Opera
From its beginning, opera librettists freely adapted the ancient literature that provided their plots. Mozart’s seldom heard Lucio Silla (“Lucius Sulla”) adapts a story tyranny and repentance will be revived at the Chicago Opera Theater this fall.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.