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Program Policies

Adult Education Program

Welcome to the Newberry Adult Education Program. We are proud to offer a wide variety of informal, non-credit courses designed for adults with busy schedules and inquiring minds, all under the roof of one of the nation’s most renowned humanities research libraries.

Contact Information

60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Phone: (312) 255-3700
Office Hours: 10am - 6pm, Tuesday through Thursday; 9am - 5pm, Friday and Saturday

Program Policies

Communication: Email is the primary and most reliable way the Adult Education Program communicates with participants. We expect that participants will check their email regularly for any important information regarding their class, the Adult Education Program, and/or the Newberry Library, including notifying participants of seminar cancellations, inclement weather, street closures, etc.

Parking: The Newberry parking lot is for permitted staff use only; visitors may not park in the lot. Limited metered parking is available on the street surrounding the library. Newberry patrons receive discounted parking at the garage at 100 W. Chestnut (enter on Clark Street). The rate is $11 for 0-6 hours. Parking tickets are validated at the Newberry’s security kiosk on the first floor.

Refunds: To request a refund, please contact the Adult Education Program via email at or phone at (312) 255-3700. The Newberry Library retains a 10% processing fee.

  • For one-day and two-session classes, tuition (less the 10% processing fee) is refundable up to one week before the class begins.
  • For multi-session classes longer than two sessions, tuition (less the 10% processing fee) is refundable until 24 hours after the first class meeting.

First Day Procedure: When you arrive for the first session of your class, please check in with Adult Education Program staff in the lobby. Staff will direct you to your classroom.

Classrooms: Classroom assignments are posted daily in multiple locations throughout the library. Class locations may change and these postings will reflect locations changes. Signs are also posted in front of classrooms.

  • Access: The library’s classrooms open no earlier than 30 minutes before the class start time. Because these spaces are used by the Newberry Library and the Chicago community, other programs, events, workshops, or meetings may be in progress. Please help us respect and maintain these shared spaces. If you arrive more than 30 minutes early, please use the lounge in the Welcome Center on the first floor, where you can relax until your class begins.
  • Collections Spaces: While the majority of classes take place in public spaces, occasionally one or more sessions of a class may be scheduled in spaces past the security kiosk and/or spaces where collection items may be present. If this is the case, we ask that you comply with the Newberry’s reading room policies and check large items (including handbags, coats, backpacks, etc.) and any food or drink. Lockers are available on the first floor and lower levels.

Materials: Instructors may assign books, course packets, or digital readings for classes. Full materials lists are included on all class schedule pages and links to first reading assignments and course packets will be shared via email. The Newberry Bookshop stocks most required and recommended titles for classes. Associates of the Newberry at the Author level ($100 and above) receive a 10 percent discount on all class texts. Please call (312) 255-3520 or send an email to to check availability.

Food and Beverage: Food and beverages are allowed in public spaces on the first floor and lower level. We ask for your cooperation not only for housekeeping reasons but because crumbs and spilled drinks attract insects, which are a threat to our collections.