Interlibrary Loan & PALShare

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and PALShare are services provided for current Butler University students, staff, faculty, and emeriti faculty to obtain materials not owned by Butler University Libraries from other libraries, or as a last resort, commercial document suppliers.

Both PALshare and traditional Interlibrary Loan are accessible through the “Request through Interlibrary Loan” button in our WorldCat Discovery online catalog. The button is configured to route a request to a PALNI institution if available, and to the wider ILL network if necessary. Either way, users will manage these requests via the same library account page now that we’re moving off of the ILLiad platform.


PALShare is a speedy loan service between PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) libraries, with whom Butler shares its WorldCat Discovery catalog. Since items ordered through this service typically will arrive within a few days, the “Request” button in our WorldCat Discovery catalog will route you to a PALShare request if possible.

If an item is available through PALShare, simply click the Request button, log on with your Butler University username and password, select a pick-up location, and click Submit.

  • All books ordered through PALShare have a loan period of 60 days
  • All DVDs and CDs have a loan period of 14 days
  • PALShare items may not be renewed
  • You can check the status of your request by signing back in to your account (with Butler credentials) in WorldCat Discovery
  • If traveling outside of Indianapolis, Butler patrons are able to borrow in person at other PALNI libraries, and the standard PALShare loan terms will still apply

Interlibrary Loan

Before you submit an Interlibrary Loan request, please check our online catalog (WorldCat Discovery) to make sure Butler doesn’t already own the item. For articles, please check the journal title of your citation in Journals A-Z to make sure we don’t already have online or in-library access to the article you need.

Then, login to your library account to:

  • Submit requests (use the Requests tab)
  • Check the status of your requests (under the Requests tab)
  • Retrieve electronically delivered articles
  • Request renewals for loaned items (in the Checkouts tab)

For all ILL questions contact Sarah Damery at 317-940-9677 or

Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Borrowing

Butler users may also borrow materials in-person at other Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) partner institutions—see the ALI brochure for more information.