Visit | Newberry


Ready to explore the past? There’s no time like the present.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newberry, where you can now visit our reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and bookshop.

Please help us maintain a safe learning environment by:

  • Wearing a face mask if you are not fully vaccinated. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated visitors.
  • Keeping a distance of at least six feet from others
  • Staying home if you are sick (or have been in contact with someone who is sick) and visiting us another time


Are you having your Book Fair this year?

The Newberry Book Fair will look a little different this summer. We’re planning “Book Fair Express,” which will allow you to shop online for boxes of books in your favorite categories. Online ordering opens Monday, July 19, and you can pick up your order curbside at the Newberry during our traditional Book Fair weekend: Friday, July 30, or Saturday, July 31, between 10 am and 2 pm. Learn more.

Are the reading rooms open for research?

Yes, the reading rooms are open to researchers. Anyone who is at least 14 years old and curious about the humanities is invited to use our collection. Learn about getting your reader card so you can start doing research with us.

Are any exhibitions open at the Newberry?

Yes! ¡Viva la Libertad! Latin America and the Age of Revolutions is open April 2 – July 24 and Jeffrey Gibson: Sweet Bitter Love is open May 28 – September 18. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday, noon – 4 pm.

What do I need to know about visiting for an exhibition?

Newberry exhibitions are free and open to all. Appointments are not required, but please sign in with us in the lobby when you arrive.

Is the Newberry Bookshop open?

Yes. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 4 pm. The online store is open 24/7.

What about public programs, adult education seminars, and other programming?

For now, all programs for students, teachers, scholars, and the public will continue to be held virtually. View our calendar of programs to see what’s coming up next.

Do I have to wear a mask in the library?

A face mask is required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated visitors.