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Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3305
+1 312-255-9090
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The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material. The Newberry offers exhibits based on its outstanding collections, theatrical performances, lectures and discussions with today's leading humanists, seminars, and teacher programs. The Newberry welcomes researchers into the reading rooms who are at least 14 years old or in the ninth grade. Creating a reader account and requesting collection items takes just a few minutes.
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60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3305
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Great exhibit on Religious writing for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Well developed, curated, and excellent music. Bookstore is wonderful - word to the wise, it is getting ready to close for a little while here in November, 2017.

Thank BlueHenFlyer
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

I stopped by on a whim attracted by the building and an incomplete understanding of its holdings. It also happened that their 4 day Book Fair was underway and the first floor where exhibits and information would have been was filled with books and customers....More

Thank MMM_and_MPM
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Newberry Library is one of the best library in the world. It has a fabulous building exceptionally historical collection, extraordinary people with great services. Thank for making this happen, I am very grateful for benefiting from this great institution.

Thank Amed D
Reviewed 22 June 2017

The Chicago calligraphy group put on another excellent showing. The presence of words in art makes for many interesting and explorative pieces.

Thank alexlorraine2016
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing library! Though it's research only if you have a specific project this resource is amazing. Be aware this is not a library that you can browse through books, or old artifacts. This is a library where you would need to go...More

Thank SueK3
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I was really impressed by this research library. They had an 1889 magazine I was looking for. The security officer and library staff were super friendly and helpful. This is an amazing library.

Thank Dale M
Reviewed 28 October 2016

One of the best research institutions in the country for maps with very helpful & knowledgeable staff. Also terrific exhibitions. A gem for Chicago and the country

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I came for the Shakepeare exhibit and it was my first visit to this non-circulating research library. I had some passing knowledge of the library prior to my visit and I had visited their website prior to my trip and had also applied for my...More

Thank A C
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I thought it just focused on Western civilization, but actually has material in the book collection and in the bookstore on Native Americans, African-Americans, and a surprise Filipino-Americans. Packed 2-level bookstore includes book-related gifts that span the spectrum from quirky to fun to classy: Shakespeare...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We visited this library this month and are very amazed by the architecture and the content. We can spend a lot of time going through various aspects of the building. Absolutely loved it. Definitely recommended!

Thank Ram P
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Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of
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restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping
fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The
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