Educational Institutions

Newberry Library

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.newberry.org

Mission Statement

The Newberry Library, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library and educational institution dedicated to the expansion and dissemination of knowledge in the humanities. One of the world's leading repositories of a broad range of books and manuscripts relating to the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas, the Library's mission is to acquire and preserve research collections of such materials, and to provide for and promote their effective use by a diverse community of users. As a library, the Newberry is dedicated to the highest standards of collection preservation and bibliographic access; as a research and educational institution, it is committed to facilitating research, teaching, and publication in an atmosphere of full and free intellectual inquiry.

Service Areas

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International

We serve readers and visitors from throughout Chicago, across the Midwest, throughout the United States, and around the world.

ruling year

1939

Principal Officer since

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Mr. David Spadafora

Keywords

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humanities, culture, programs, exhibits, research, library, education, genealogy, history, literature, music, american indian, maps, fellows, religion, chicago history, associated colleges of the midwest

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EIN

36-2167814

 Number

6122975599

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

The Newberry Library serves more than 100,000 people annually. Free and open to the public, our collection of 1.5 million books, 5 million manuscript pages, and more than 300,000 historical maps largely encompasses the history and culture of Western Europe and the Americas from the Middle Ages through World War I. The Library currently offers more than 300 different programs each year, most of which are free, including seminars, lectures, musical performances, exhibits, teacher programs and author signings. Four research centers, based on particular strengths in the collections - Renaissance Studies, American Indian History, Family and Community History, and the History of Cartography - offer educational programs for students and teachers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Chicago-area public school teachers benefit from programs designed to enrich the learning experience of students in the classroom. The Newberry Library fulfills the need for a culturally-rich venue for members of the community to enrich their lives with intellectual stimulation and engagement with items not found anywhere else, and create relevant connections with our contemporary world, while ensuring that the collections are available to future generations.

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Service Areas

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International

We serve readers and visitors from throughout Chicago, across the Midwest, throughout the United States, and around the world.

Funding Needs

The Newberry relies on gifts to the Annual Fund to help support the efforts of our renowned librarians, curators, and program staff. Such contributions enable us to conserve our collections and make them accessible through assisting our readers and offering lectures, seminars, exhibits, and other public programs to the thousands of people who utilize the library each year. The generosity of our Annual Fund donors ensures that the Newberry continues to be a vital and dynamic place, free and open to all who possess an interest in the humanities. In addition, donors may make a restricted gift for a particular program or purpose at the Newberry that they specifically wish to support. Restricted gifts may take the form of outright gifts or endowment support. Some of the critical needs that have been funded by restricted gifts include: Acquisition, conservation, and cataloging of books, maps, and other materials Fellowships and research centers Educational and public programs

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The Newberry Library
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Newberry Library

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Principal Officer

Mr. David Spadafora

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Victoria Herget

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