May 17, 2022

An $11 Million Renovation of Chicago’s Newberry Library is Scheduled to Begin in January 2018

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Chicago’s Newberry Library will be getting a new look thanks to an $11 million renovation project planned for the cultural institution’s first floor.

The project, spanning 26,000 square feet of public space, and which is already 40 percent funded through donor contributions, will begin January 2018 and is expected to take six months to complete.

“The renovation is predicated on the recognition that the ways in which researchers and the public experience cultural institutions has changed dramatically,” said Alex Teller, the Newberry’s director of communications and public services. “People don’t want to just come into a library or museum and be the passive recipient of knowledge. They want to actively participate in the intellectual life of an institution.”

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