Event—Public Programming

Newberry 101: An Introduction to Research at the Newberry


In this free introductory workshop, our librarians will show you how to use our collection and get started with research at the Newberry.

This workshop will be held in-person at the Newberry.

Interested in exploring the Newberry’s vast collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, and primary sources but not sure where to start? Then this session is for you. 

In an informal orientation, Newberry librarians will introduce you to the Newberry and break down how to use our collection. If you’re new to the Newberry, new to research libraries, or an occasional visitor ready to take your humanities research to the next level, “Newberry 101” is a must.

The session will last approximately an hour. Following the orientation, you're welcome to stick around for a guided tour of the library. You can also begin exploring our collections in the General Reading Room, where a reference librarian can provide assistance.

In order to maximize your research time, please register in advance as a Newberry Reader. Click on https://requests.newberry.org and select “Create an Account.”

About the Series

Newberry 101s alternate monthly with our Genealogy 101 workshops, which have a specific focus on conducting genealogy research. View the full calendar of our public programming below.

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Cost and Registration

This workshop is free and open to all. Advance registration is preferred, but not required. 40 seats will be available and walk-ins will be welcome if space permits.


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