The following policies help guide our work as we serve the public and fulfill the Newberry's mission.

Privacy Policy

We do not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information. Providing personal information is strictly voluntary.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Newberry’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to our mission: providing free and open access to a collection spanning more than six centuries, building and sustaining communities of learning, advancing and disseminating knowledge, and acquiring and preserving materials that represent a range of perspectives and experiences—including those that historically have been underappreciated, marginalized, or silenced.

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Rules of Conduct

In order to maintain an environment that is conducive to research and learning, we ask all who visit the Newberry to follow our rules of conduct.

Rules of Conduct

Collection Development Policies

The Newberry develops its collections with particular attention to acquisitions that may serve multiple fields of study and be of use to a wide variety of users.

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American Indian and Indigenous Studies Collection Development Policy

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Potentially Offensive Materials and Descriptions

We are aware that Newberry’s finding aids, catalog records, and other descriptions created by Newberry staff using standard vocabularies may contain offensive or harmful language. We are actively working to address this problem. In some instances, we will supplement but not replace the offensive terms that come from authorized sources still in use for searching.

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Access to Culturally Sensitive Indigenous Materials

The Newberry is committed to consulting and developing relationships with communities whose cultures are represented in the collection. Our staff responds cooperatively to tribal requests to view materials or order copies, works to improve descriptive practices for Indigenous cultural materials, and strives to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of all readers and visitors.

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Open Access Policy

Using Images from the Newberry Collection

The Newberry makes its collections available for any lawful purpose, commercial or non-commercial, without licensing or permission fees to the library, subject to the following terms and conditions. Use of reproductions of Newberry collection items shall be at the user’s sole risk. Researchers are responsible for determining whether the material is in the public domain or whether it is protected by copyright law or other restrictions. If the material is protected by copyright law, researchers are responsible for determining whether the intended use is within the limits of fair use and, if not, for obtaining permission from any rights holders. The Newberry shall not be responsible or liable for any claim of infringement or damage that may occur owing to the use of any material that the Newberry makes available.

Notice and Take-Down Procedure

The Newberry makes an effort to ensure that it has appropriate rights to produce and provide online access to the content in its digital collections, publications and resources, including those rights granted under sections 107 (“Fair Use”) of the U.S. Copyright Law. Parties who have questions, who wish to contest the use of specific works, or can provide additional information may contact our Digital Services team at rightsandrepro@newberry.org.

All such communications must include:

· Your contact information.

· The full details of the material in question.

· The complete URL where you found the material.

· The reason for your inquiry, including but not limited to copyright law, privacy laws, data protection, cultural sensitivity, etc.

If the Newberry is unable to determine in a timely fashion whether it has the appropriate rights to make the material available online, the Newberry will remove it from its website pending further investigation.

Policy for Gifts-in-Kind of Library Materials

The Newberry Library gratefully accepts and appreciates donations of library materials such as books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera. Such donations can include both contributions to the Library’s permanent collections, and donations of used books and other material that are not suitable for the Library’s permanent collections, but may be sold to benefit the Library.

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We welcome your questions and comments regarding Newberry policies.