|The Reading Room in 1894, the year my|
2nd great-grandfather died.
At least he saw it completed.
The Newberry's first librarian, William Frederick Poole, was a primary force behind the library's non-circulating research and rare book collections, as well as conceptualizing the facility to house them. The present building, designed by Poole and architect Henry Ives Cobb (1859–1931), opened in 1893.