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The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music...more
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60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3305
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+1 312-255-9090
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Reviewed 27 November 2018

The Newberry Library, Chicago's most famous independent research institution, specializing in the humanities, is located at 60 West Walton Street, across from Washington Square or historic Bughouse Square, and has been free and open to the public since its opening in 1887. Its collections encompass...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Great exhibit on Religious writing for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Well developed, curated, and excellent music. Bookstore is wonderful - word to the wise, it is getting ready to close for a little while here in November, 2017.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

I stopped by on a whim attracted by the building and an incomplete understanding of its holdings. It also happened that their 4 day Book Fair was underway and the first floor where exhibits and information would have been was filled with books and customers....More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank MMM_and_MPM
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Newberry Library is one of the best library in the world. It has a fabulous building exceptionally historical collection, extraordinary people with great services. Thank for making this happen, I am very grateful for benefiting from this great institution.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

The Chicago calligraphy group put on another excellent showing. The presence of words in art makes for many interesting and explorative pieces.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing library! Though it's research only if you have a specific project this resource is amazing. Be aware this is not a library that you can browse through books, or old artifacts. This is a library where you would need to go...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

I was really impressed by this research library. They had an 1889 magazine I was looking for. The security officer and library staff were super friendly and helpful. This is an amazing library.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Dale M
Reviewed 28 October 2016

One of the best research institutions in the country for maps with very helpful & knowledgeable staff. Also terrific exhibitions. A gem for Chicago and the country

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I came for the Shakepeare exhibit and it was my first visit to this non-circulating research library. I had some passing knowledge of the library prior to my visit and I had visited their website prior to my trip and had also applied for my...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank A C
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I thought it just focused on Western civilization, but actually has material in the book collection and in the bookstore on Native Americans, African-Americans, and a surprise Filipino-Americans. Packed 2-level bookstore includes book-related gifts that span the spectrum from quirky to fun to classy: Shakespeare...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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