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Newberry Library, Chicago

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  • July 27, 2017
    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 inform...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    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 v...  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    The Chicago calligraphy group put on another excellent showing. The presence of words in art makes for many interesting and explorative pieces.  more »
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  • April 17, 2017
    The Newberry Library is a Chicago treasure and a gift to scholars, especially historians and genealogists. The library always has at least one exhibit on books and publishing, all available for free, as well as exceptional reading rooms. The reading rooms are like many European libraries. Instead of open shelves for browsing, you select items from the catalogue and ask for them to be brought to you. While you do need to apply for a researcher card, you don't have to be affiliated with any institution, and the basic service is free. Naturally, you do have to pay for copying or reproducing materials. The Library is home to several wonderful special collections, including medieval manuscripts, documents about Native American nations, maps, and materials on the history of the book. The catalogue is available online. The building is a Chicago landmark, especially after the multi-year cleaning that revealed it as made of salmon-colored rather than dark brown stone. The Library also hosts free tours and there are also many paid programs and classes. There's a small but very fine book shop, specializing in material about Chicago, books about books, and local authors. There's a booksale every summer as well, with used and collectable books at generally good prices. Public transportation is easy from downtown or anywhere on the Red Line. It's about four blocks from the Clark and Division Red Line stop, and the 22, 36, and 156 buses stop very close. The 22 bus, in fact, stops right at the door. The nearby plaza is a pleasant place to linger.
  • March 24, 2017
    Great library! & Great place to do your research. Read rare 📚 books. 🚻Restrooms. 🚰Drinking Fountain. 📶WiFi.
  • April 4, 2017
    Books and magazines are the best way to live and i was called for more information about your senior year and I am interested in what I can still feel the need for you guys too.
  • January 16, 2017
    Great, historic building for a wedding! Team was easy to work with and accommodating.
  • November 30, 2016
    Beautiful building with lots of quiet spots. Great for fund raisers and other venues.

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