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The Newberry Library


60 W. Walton St.


Near North Side


Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: Closed

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Henry Ives Cobb, 1893



Founded in 1887, the Newberry, an independent research library, resided in three different temporary homes before settling into its current location in 1893. The library was designed by Henry Ives Cobb, whose taste for both architectural detail and monumentality is reflected in the neo-Romanesque exterior of the building. The interior took shape according to the vision of the Newberry's first president, William Frederick Poole, who restrained Cobb's grandeur in favor of more practical considerations: rooms allowing users to access reading material as easily as possible. Since opening its doors 132 years ago, the Newberry has undergone a number of renovations, including a project completed in 2018 that modernized the first floor with a new welcome center, redesigned galleries, an expanded bookshop, and a range of spaces for public programming.

Visitor Experience

Explore the newly-renovated first floor public areas and exhibits, and enjoy guided tours of other spaces in this vital and historic research library. Librarians will present highlights from the collections.