Borrowing Privileges & Circulation Policies

The collections of the Irwin Library and the Ruth Lilly Science Library are available for use by all members of the Butler community. Limited access to library materials is extended to readers and researchers outside the Butler community.

Library materials may be used in the libraries, or they can be borrowed using a Butler ID card or a Special Borrower's library card. For more information please select from the list below.

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Butler University Alumni have the same borrowing privileges for print materials as currently enrolled students. The only requirement to receive these privileges is to acquire a Special Borrower's library card. To acquire a Special Borrower's card, Alumni must show their Alumni ID Card at the Irwin Library Information Commons Desk and then fill out a Special Borrower's form. An Alumni ID Card can be obtained at Robertson Hall. Here is more information about computer privileges in the library.

General Public

The general public may visit the Butler University Libraries and read or browse the collections. Those who live in Marion, Hendricks, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, and Johnson counties may receive borrowing privileges for one year for a fee of $50.

See the Special Borrowers page for details.

Services & Equipment

  • One photocopy machine (.20 cents per page for public use)
  • Microfilm reader
  • Free fax service for students

Reciprocal Borrowing

ALI/PALNI Academic Libraries

The Butler University Libraries are affiliated with the PALNI and ALI networks, and current Butler faculty, staff, and students may borrow from these institutions as well by presenting their Butler University ID cards. To borrow from ALI institutions, Butler users will also need an ALI card, which can be acquired at either the Irwin Library or the Science Library circulation desks.

Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Member Schools

Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) Member Schools

Loan periods, penalties, and general borrowing policies are determined by the lending libraries.

Indianapolis Public Library

Butler University students are also eligible for a temporary library card at IndyPL. Students may complete an application at any branch location and must provide a photo ID and proof of residency (e.g. a piece of mail).


Last updated October 6, 2014.