Borrow, Renew, Request

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 to the right.

Irwin Library’s bound journals collection is now stored in compact shelving on the lower level; Butler users can request copies of articles from those volumes by entering a citation as if it were an interlibrary article request after signing in to their account.

To monitor your due-dates or to renew your materials online log into My Library Account.

Undergraduate Students

Butler University Libraries provides undergraduate students with borrowing policies that will meet their educational needs through the access of numerous resources and technology.

Graduate Students

Borrowing policies for graduate students are centered around their use of resources and technology for advanced research and specialization.


Faculty and staff borrowing policies accommodate teaching and instruction by granting longer loan periods, material holds, and recalls.

Other Borrowers

It is the mission of the Butler University Libraries to share our resources with patrons outside the immediate Butler community by granting limited borrowing privileges to encourage learning and the value of education.

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 (payment must be exact cash, check, credit/debit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay). To obtain a Special Borrowers card, please speak with someone at the Information Commons Desk.