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COVID-19 Statement - April 2020

August 2020

Special Collections is operating on a limited appointment-only basis due to the measures being taken by Butler University and the state government to limit the spread of COVID-19. This policy will allow for proper social distancing within our space while also allowing us to work from home periodically to limit exposure.

We will continue to answer reference queries via email and phone from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Queries that require accessing physical materials in the archives will be answered as soon as possible depending on staffing on-site.

Appointments need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Please contact us to request a time to come in and view materials. Our contact information is:

Appointments will be available during the following hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday & Thursday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Friday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

For individuals not associated with Butler University, please contact us for University safety protocols that must be followed while on campus.

Please be advised that reference services could be disrupted further. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

For more information on services and policies offered by Butler Universities Libraries during this time, please refer to the latest update. For more information on COVID-19, please check out this Butler University Libraries LibGuide


Please visit the updated website for Special Collections & University Archives; the following content remains here for Butler site search purposes

Located on Irwin Library's 3rd floor, the department of Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives (known generally as Special Collections) occupies the Hugh Thomas Miller Rare Books Room, a space that both houses collections and offers a quiet, secure environment for their use by researchers. The department actively works to preserve the history of Butler University as well as supporting faculty teaching and student research.

Hugh Thomas Miller (1867-1947) was a notable alumnus, faculty member, board member, and benefactor of Butler University.