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Library Collections
Borrow, Renew, Request

Other Borrowers

Butler University Alumni may have borrowing privileges for print materials, CDs, and DVDs after verifying alumni status and then filling out a Special Borrower's form.

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 (must be cash or check). To obtain a Special Borrowers card, please speak with someone at the Information Commons Desk.

Loan Periods

Loan Type Loan Period Max # of Items Max # of Renewals
Regular 60 Days 10 0
Media (CDs, DVDs) 14 Days 2 0
Score 60 Days 5 0

Borrowers must present a valid ID card at the Information Commons Desk when checking out materials.

Overdue and Lost Materials


Overdue notices will be e-mailed to special borrowers three times before an item(s) is declared lost. To ensure a timely return of books and to avoid fees for lost materials, patrons are able to check their due-dates by contacting the Information Commons Desk at 317-940-9227 or

Lost Materials

Once library materials are declared lost, the special borrower's account will be immediately blocked until the item(s) is returned undamaged or the replacement cost is paid in full. The Butler University Libraries reserve the right to block a special borrower's account at any time and may refuse to reinstate the account even if the lost item is returned undamaged and/or the replacement cost bill is settled.

Please direct any questions regarding overdue items and billing to


Materials can be returned at the Information Commons desk in Irwin Library, the circulation desk in the Science Library, and after-hour book drops are available at both libraries by the main entrances.