Tours and Orientations | Newberry

Tours and Orientations

Tour of the Blatchford Reading Room

Tour of the Blatchford Reading Room

Public Building Tours of the Newberry

The Newberry offers free public tours of the building on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 pm and Saturdays at 10:30 am. The tours are a great introduction to the Newberry and how to utilize the collections. Newberry docents will take guests on an exploration of the reading rooms, share the history of the Newberry family, and teach guests about the Newberry’s world renowned collections. All ages are welcome and tours last approximately 60 minutes.

Private tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Private tours can be scheduled during reading room hours based on staff and docent availability. Please schedule a private tour at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a private tour contact Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers, at or (312) 255-3526.

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 Attendees must be at least 14 years of age or in the ninth grade.

Group Tours of Exhibitions

The Newberry occasionally offers exhibition group tours; please check the Visit an Exhibition page for more information.

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 14 years of age or freshmen 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.