Center for Academic Technology

Center for Academic Technology Lending Library

Center for Academic Technology (CAT) has equipment and books for faculty and staff members to experience the newest technology that students use every day and explore ways to integrate it into the classroom. We loan audio and video equipment, laptops, tablets and ADA-compliant computer equipment for the Student Disability Services office.  For more information or to check out an item, please contact Center for Academic Technology at 317-940-8575 or visit the Center for Academic Technology in JH037.

CAT Lending Library Policies


  • CAT's Lending Library is available to Butler University faculty and staff.
  • Loans are available for up to a two week period.
  • Renewals and extensions may be available on a case-by-case basis, upon request.
  • Equipment for student checkout is available at the Information Commons desk in Irwin Library and from the IT HelpDesk.
  • The CAT Lending Library does not loan charging or adapter cables individually. Faculty and staff can connect with the IT HelpDesk to request loans of cables.
  • We reserve the right to limit or suspend borrowing privileges for non-compliance with CAT Lending Library Policies

Extended Loan Periods

  • In special cases, and by special arrangement, it is possible to borrow equipment beyond the normal two-week loan period.
  • Faculty or staff who need equipment  beyond the normal two-week loan period may  submit a request through the Google Form at:
  • We will request the following information:
    • Name of faculty or staff person using the equipment
    • Name of faculty or staff person responsible for the equipment, if different than user
    • What/how the equipment will be used
    • Reason for extended loan period
    • Requested check out/in dates
    • Please allow a minimum of two weeks' notice for extended loan period requests. We do our best to accommodate all requests, but we cannot guarantee availability of equipment with shorter notice.

Late Returns

  • Items are often requested by other faculty and staff. The timely return of all items allows us to honor the greatest number of requests possible.
  • Borrowers will receive reminder e-mails before the loan period ends.
  • In the event an item is not returned within the agreed-upon loan period, we will engage in the following process:
  1. E-mail contact
  2. Telephone contact
  3. E-mail to supervisor, Associate Dean, or Dean
  4. Telephone call to supervisor, Associate Dean, or Dean
  5. Last resort: report to Student Accounts for the replacement value of unreturned items.
  • Excessive and repeated tardiness may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Equipment

  • Replacement of lost or stolen equipment is the responsibility of the borrower or the borrower's department. We will make every effort to recover missing items and expect borrower's to do the same.
  • The cost of repair to damaged equipment is the responsibility of the borrower or the borrower's department. In these cases, CAT will work with the borrower to find the lowest-cost repair available.

You may view our Lending Library policies regarding extended loans and class loans by downloading the Lending Library Policies PDF.  If you have questions regarding the Lending Library and its policies, please contact us at (317) 940-8575 or visit us in JH037.