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Borrow, Renew, Request

Graduate Students

Loan Periods

Loan Type Loan Period Max # of Items Max # of Renewals
Regular 90 Days 50 2
Media (CDs, DVDs) 14 Days 10 2
LPs (Vinyl) 7 Days 10 2
Score 90 Days 25 2

All students currently enrolled at Butler University are eligible to check out materials from the Butler University Libraries. Borrowers must present a valid ID card at the Information Commons Desk when checking out materials. Browsing books are limited to a maximum of 10 items checked out at one time.

Overdue and Billing


Overdue notices will be e-mailed to students several times before an item(s) is declared lost. To ensure a timely return of books and to avoid fees for lost materials, students are encouraged to monitor their due-dates via My Library Account. If library material is returned undamaged within 30 days past the due date, then the student will not be charged any fees.


After 30 days, library materials are declared lost and a bill will be e-mailed to the student and to Student Accounts. Students will have to pay an irreversible replacement cost (ranging from $15—$200+). If the bill is greater than $195 a department requested hold will be placed on the student's account and will not be lifted until the bill is settled.


Please direct any questions regarding overdue items and billing to


If an item has had a hold placed on it or the maximum renewal count has been met (please refer to the chart above in Loan Periods) then renewal will not be available.

Renewals may be made online using your Library Account, in person at either Information Commons Desk, by telephone, or e-mail:

Irwin Library: 317-940-9227 or

Beyond Butler (PALShare, ILL, and ALI)

Students are able to request items that are not owned by Butler University or are not currently available. The three options to retrieve these items include PALShare, which is typically the fastest option, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and the ALI Reciprocal Borrowing Program. More information can be found on our Interlibrary Loan and PALShare page.


Materials can be returned at the Information Commons desks in Irwin Library or the Science Library, and after-hour book drops are available at both libraries by the main entrances. Reserve items must be returned directly to the Information Commons or circulation desk in which they were originally checked out.