The Newberry collection is stored in a climate-controlled stacks building connected to the library.

27.5 miles of shelf space. 600 years of human history. Time travel isn't science fiction: it happens every day at the Newberry.

Our Core Collections

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In Person

A Newberry reader's card gives you direct access to an extensive array of books, maps, and archival collections in our reading rooms.

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Wherever you are, our digital collections are just a few clicks away. Research, remix, and reimagine thousands of images online.


Search the Collection


The Newberry's online catalog is the primary tool for searching across the collection, from books and maps to journals and manuscripts.

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Finding Aids and Inventories

Detailed finding aids outline the organization and the contents of archival collections at the Newberry.

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Research Guides

Want to survey the landscape before searching the catalog and finding aids? Consult our research guides to learn more about what we have and how you can find it.

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Your Reader's Account

Genealogy and Newberry Fellow Tony Burroughs

Log in to your Newberry reader's account to start requesting collection items through our online catalog.

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Exhibitions bridge the past and present using historic items from the Newberry collection.

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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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