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The Butler University Libraries make available the materials needed to support study, teaching, and research in all areas of intellectual endeavor pursued at Butler. There are two libraries on campus. The Irwin Library includes the business; education and curriculum resources; liberal arts; and performing and fine arts collections. The Ruth Lilly Science Library houses materials supporting studies in the fields of computer, mathematics, pharmaceutical, physical, biological and behavioral sciences. The combined holdings of the Butler Libraries include access to approximately 500,000 e-books, 200 databases, 35,000 electronic journal subscriptions, 225,000 print materials, 16,000 audiovisual materials, and more than 17,000 musical scores.

The Libraries' mission and strategic plan can be found in full on the Mission and History page. The strategic initiatives were developed to guide our work to update the facilities, services, and collections to meet the evolving needs of Butler University students and faculty, while also respecting the core principles of librarianship that built the Libraries over their history. Core initiatives guiding our work are a focus on improving and growing information literacy instruction, re-allocating resources to improve our facilities and balance our collections, improve the learning spaces we offer, promote and support new models of scholarly communication, and practice more effective outreach to campus, alumni, and the community to increase awareness and support of library initiatives. 

See the Libraries' most recent annual report (for 2016-17) for more current details.