Tours and Orientations

John Brady Show and Tell
John Brady, of the Department of Collection Development, gives a collection show-and-tell to visitors.

Public Tours of the Newberry

Free public tours of the Newberry are offered Thursdays at 3 pm and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Reservations for groups are required and may be scheduled through the Library’s Office of Events. Please call (312) 255-3595 for more information.

Genealogy Orientations

No reservations are required for Genealogy and Local History Orientation (although groups should contact Matt Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History, at (312) 255-3671 or rutherfordm@newberry.org). Attendees must be at least 16 years of age or juniors in high school.

Group Tours of Exhibitions

To schedule an exhibition group tour, please call the Public Programs office at (312) 255-3700. 

Please see the exhibition group tour guidelines.

Group Visits to the Reading Rooms

The Newberry can accommodate small outside group visits for tours and orientations of the library, including research in the reading rooms, subject to availability. Newberry programs and classes, which get first priority, are especially active in January, February, July, September, and October. As a result, there are fewer group visit slots available during these months. Staff limitations and space constraints are other factors that may not permit the Newberry to accommodate a particular group visit. All tour/group members must be at least 16 years of age or juniors in high school. For more information, please visit either Group Visits for Classes or Group Visits for Genealogists.

Renaissance Consortium Visits

The Center for Renaissance Studies serves a consortium of 50 member universities. Faculty at those universities who would like to bring classes to the Newberry should visit the center’s Consortium page to find out more about what kinds of group visits may be accommodated.