Tom Rossiter
Tom Rossiter
Tom Rossiter
Tom Rossiter
Tom Rossiter

Newberry Library

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.


The Newberry

Project Size

24,400 sq. ft.

Architect / Engineer

Ann Beha Architects


General Contractor


Chicago, IL




“Ann Beha Architects and general contractors Bulley and Andrews have done terrific work on this project." Newberry President David Spadafora