Tours and Orientations
Update regarding COVID-19: The Newberry is closed to the public through at least April 30. Please check www.newberry.org/covid19 for regular updates about library operations.
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. No advanced registration is needed. All ages are welcome and tours last approximately 60 minutes.
Private building tours can be arranged for groups. These tours are perfect for classes, organizations, clubs, and conferences. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 255-3526.
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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 email@example.com). Attendees must be at least 14 years of age or in the ninth grade.
Tours of the Newberry’s current exhibition, Jun Fujita: American Visionary, are offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 2 pm and Tuesdays at 11 am. Docents will guide guests through the exhibition, highlighting key objects and stories. Tours are a great way to explore and learn more about our amazing collections.
Private exhibition tours can be arranged for groups. These tours are perfect for classes, organizations, clubs, and conferences. Private tours can be scheduled during exhibition 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 255-3526.
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.