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Information Commons

Information Commons

Who we are

Information Commons is a student employee partnership between Butler University Libraries and the Center for Academic Technology that promotes interactive dialogue and inquiry. Trained in research, circulation, and academic technology, student employees in the program provide assistance and instruction to the Butler community.

Since its inception in 2009, the program has been committed to providing its student employees with experiential learning opportunities revolving around twenty-first century skills, self-development, and professional growth.


Information Commons student employees undergo extensive training in circulation procedures, research skills, and academic technology skills. They are happy to offer the services listed below at either of our two service locations, by appointment, or via phone/email/live chat.

  • Assist with circulation of books and equipment (at the Irwin Library desk and in the Center for Academic Technology)

  • Help locate library items within the catalog or on the shelves

  • Answer research or technology questions in person and via phone/email/chat

  • Partner with individuals, classes, or organizations to offer specific training or instruction

  • Offer instruction and troubleshooting for Butler-supported academic tools, including Panopto, Canvas, Zoom, Recording & Editing Media, and more.

Locations & Hours

Information Commons Desk

Information Commons students staff the desk on the first floor of Irwin Library. Available whenever the library is open.

Center for Academic Technology Offices

The other location of the Information Commons program is in the offices of the Center for Academic Technology on the third floor of Irwin Library.  Available Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.