Services for Readers and Researchers
As we undergo a six-month renovation of our first floor between January and June 2018, the noise levels in the reading rooms (in particular in the General Reading Room on the second floor) may be a bit louder than normal. When construction is expected to be especially noisy, we will do our best to notify readers in advance. And we will provide ear plugs upon request at all times!
The Newberry is free and open to the public. We provide a range of services to readers and researchers interested in our world-class collection of books, manuscripts, maps, music, and other printed materials.
The Newberry’s reading rooms are open Tuesday through Saturday to anyone who is at least 14 years old or in the ninth grade. Learn more about Obtaining a Reader’s Card, Reading Room Procedures, Reading Room Policies, and Hours. Those researching family history may be interested in our Programs for Genealogists.
If you are unable to visit the Newberry in person, there are many ways to Contact a Librarian. We accept reference inquiries by mail, email, and telephone. The Newberry encourages students under the age of 14 to contact us with questions. Although the reading rooms are not open to researchers younger than 14, the Newberry’s email and phone reference service is available to everyone.