Giving Societies

Donors engage with Newberry curators at a special event called "Booked for the Evening."

Explore the many ways you can support the work of the Newberry.

Ways to Give

Ensure the Newberry remains free and open to future generations

Membership in the Blatchford Society is open to all who have made an estate or deferred gift commitment of any amount or value to the Newberry Library. Donors can make a gift through a bequest in their will, or by naming the Newberry Library as a beneficiary of life insurance, a charitable gift annuity, or a lead trust.

To learn more about the Blatchford Society, please contact Natalie Edwards, Director of Major and Planned Giving, at (312) 255-3544 or

Help our collection grow

Members of the Society of Collectors support the Newberry by making a gift of $5,000 or more for the acquisition of materials. Members receive invitations to exclusive events that highlight new acquisitions and our curators' expertise.

For more information about the Society of Collectors, please contact Natalie Edwards, Director of Major and Planned Giving, at (312) 255-3544 or

Support all we do

Giving to the Annual Fund is the best way to ensure the Newberry continues to inspire research and learning in all our users. Your contribution supports our efforts to care for a world-renowned collection and make it accessible—free of charge—to thousands of genealogists, artists, scholars, educators, students, and people like you from Chicago and around the globe.

Make a gift of $50 or more to join the Associates and receive special benefits such as a Newberry coffee mug, subscription to The Newberry Magazine, and more.

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Provide leadership support that impacts all areas of the Newberry's operations

We gratefully recognize individuals who give $1,500 or more to the Annual Fund as members of the President’s Fellows. President’s Fellows play a vital role in promoting the humanities in Chicago and beyond and receive a variety of benefits and recognition opportunities for their contributions.

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Join the next generation of Newberry supporters

Annual Fund donors aged 45 and under are invited to support the Newberry through membership in Next Chapter.

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Enhance the cultural life of Chicago

Corporate gifts to the Newberry enhance the cultural life of the city by enabling the valuable educational and cultural experiences the Newberry provides to the people of Chicago. Pargellis Society membership is open to corporations and corporate foundations which contribute $2,500 or more annually and entitles donors to a variety of benefits.

To learn more about partnership opportunities, please contact Meredith Petrov, Vice President for Development, at (312) 255-3687 or

Support a specific initiative at the Newberry

The Newberry welcomes gifts to support specific priorities and projects such as exhibitions, digitization efforts, and capital improvements.

To discuss opportunities, please contact Meredith Petrov, Vice President for Development, at (312) 255-3687 or

More Ways to Give


If you love to learn, teach, and inspire, become a Newberry volunteer today.

Volunteer Opportunities

Donate Books and Materials

Donate books to our annual Book Fair or contact a curator about donating materials for the Newberry's collection.

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Contact Us

For more information on supporting the Newberry, please contact our Development Office at (312) 255-3581 or via email.

About the Newberry

Founded in 1887, the Newberry is one of Chicago’s most historic cultural institutions.

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More than 600 years of human history are waiting to be discovered in the Newberry's reading rooms, exhibition galleries, classrooms, and event spaces.

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