Bringing researchers and visitors straight to the source of history, literature, and other endlessly fascinating subjects in the humanities. Free and open to all since 1887.
At the Newberry Library, visitors and researchers explore centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. The library’s collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—connects people directly to the past, accessible to all in Newberry reading rooms, program spaces, exhibition galleries, and online digital resources.
Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has remained dedicated to deepening our collective understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As individuals engage with Newberry collections and staff, they discover stories that bridge the past and present and illuminate the human condition.
The Newberry’s community of discovery is driven by a shared commitment to promoting research, inspiring learning, and using inquiry across the humanities as a tool for engaging critically in a vibrant democratic society.