Visitors view "Handmaidens for Travelers: The Pullman Company Maids" in the Newberry galleries. The exhibition ran at the library in the summer of 2022.

Newberry exhibitions are always free and open to all.

A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print

September 9 – December 30, 2022

For centuries, handwriting served as a powerful tool for communicating information, preserving knowledge, shaping identity, and building empires. In our digital world, however, fewer and fewer people can read handwritten words.

Handwriting has survived disruptive technologies before. The invention of printing didn't diminish the need for handwriting. Instead, it created new markets for ambitious printers and entrepreneurial writing teachers. These men and women used advances in print technologies to widen the influence of handwriting in everyday life.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Newberry Research Centers

October 4, 2022 – January 7, 2023

This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Newberry’s first two research centers: the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

For half a century these centers have shaped scholarship in their fields through fellowships, publications, and convenings. They also have provided opportunities for the Newberry to engage the public through exhibitions, programs, and collaboration with many partners, including tribal communities.

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Plan Your Visit


Tuesday – Thursday
10am – 7pm

Friday and Saturday
10am – 5pm


Admission for Newberry exhibitions is free. No advance registration required. 

Guided Public Tours

Visit for a free docent-led tour of A Show of Hands

  • Tuesdays at 1pm
  • Thursdays at 11:30am
  • Fridays at 1pm
  • Saturdays at 1pm

Private Tours

To book a private tour of a Newberry exhibition, please contact Rebecca Haynes at (312) 255-3526 or via email.

Private tours are free, but donations are encouraged.

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Adult Education Classes

Led by experts in a variety of fields, our adult education classes can help you jumpstart or elevate your next learning endeavor.

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Artists in Residence

Through the Artist-in-Residence program, artists and writers are able to create work that engages with the Newberry’s collection.

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