To meet the evolving needs of researchers and public utilization, the Newberry Library has transformed 24,400 sq. ft. of space on its first floor to provide a more welcoming environment for visitors. The renovation provides patrons with more opportunities to engage with collections and staff—just steps after entering the library.
The new and redesigned spaces include a welcome center where visitors can learn about the Newberry and register as readers; a climate-controlled seminar room allowing classes and other groups to handle items from the Newberry’s collection; and a permanent exhibition gallery showcasing maps, manuscripts, books, music, and postcards.
The renovation also included a redesigned gallery for temporary exhibitions, an expanded bookstore, a lounge area, and flexible spaces for public programs and event rentals as well as a major replacement of MEP systems.
You can read more about the project here and see it featured on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight here.