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Newberry Library

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Address: 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3305
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+1 312-255-9090
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Thu 09:00 - 19:30
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The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Orange City, Iowa
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Orange City, Iowa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 in first and research what might be available and once you're at the library you... More 

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Fairbury, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 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
Denver, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed 27 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
Chicago, Illinois
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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 readers card ahead of time. I was a little surprised when I entered the building... More 

Thank A C
Chicago, Illinois
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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 action figure! Pack of candy with a Shakespearean insult wrapped around each one! Edgar Allan... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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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
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous historic building within easy walking distance from Michigan avenue and Rush. Serene surroundings so close to downtown. Loved it!

Thank leeanne220
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Whether you are coming here to research or just to browse, this library has an impressive Humanities collection. I took the tour at 10.30 local time on a Sat and found this to be very informative and very interesting. The guide taking us around was the descendant of one of the founders of the library and gave an extremely interesting... More 

Thank D0dge51
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

Tip. A short walk from Bloomingdales on North Michigan for those who wish to combine culture with shopping. A magnificent building with a fascinating little book store. On our visit there was a compelling display about civil wrongs and civil rights in Chicago’s history that was most informative, if disconcerting. The Newberry Medal influenced some of my childhood reading and... More 

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Reviewed 2 February 2016

Just visiting so nothing too specific - very beautiful building. There is an exhibit that focuses on African Americans in Chicago from the Civil War to today, it is quite well done. Free and easy to visit this.

Thank eec317

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