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.
To monitor your due-dates or to renew your materials
online log into
My Library Card.
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
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
Services & Equipment
- One photocopy machine (.20 cents per page for public use)
- Microfilm reader
- Free fax service for students
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
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.