Independence Day Holiday Hours

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By , July 2, 2014 3:46 pm

The University Libraries will be closing July 3rd at 4pm, and will be closed all day on July 4th to celebrate the holiday.  We will reopen regular hours on Saturday for Irwin Library, and Sunday for the Science Library.



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New Library Catalog

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By , June 26, 2014 3:00 pm

Our library webpage ( now has a new catalog! Learn more about our new system, WorldCat Discovery, here.

If you know WorldCat, you’re going to love WorldCat Discovery!

What It Is: A search that allows you to discover items in our collections and beyond.

What It Searches: Books, ebooks, articles, media, and more.
– All items physically located within the library (just like the classic Catalog)
– Content from 45 of our most popular databases – Articles, E-books, and Streaming Media
– Items from other libraries worldwide that you can request through Interlibrary Loan

Top Features: 
– Options on the left allow you to limit your search by format, author, date, and more
– Much more seamless process to request an item through interlibrary loan
– Log in with your Butler username/password to create and save lists
– If you’ve used in the past, you will now be forwarded to Butler’s customized version when on campus


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Tree of Hope – Lupus Awareness Month

By , May 16, 2014 1:49 pm

The Irwin Library has a new visiting piece of art in recognition of Lupus Awareness Month. Please stop by and see the “Tree of Hope”, which is on display in the atrium of the Irwin Library for the next two weeks.  The tree was designed by Jason Wright “The Funkey Junkmeister“, a disabled veteran from Laconia, IN.   He used scrap metal to create the tree and guests are invited to to place butterflies on the tree with names or messages of hope for lupus patients.  Gold butterflies honor those who have passed away from the disease.


The tree will be traveling to all 50 states, but we are pleased to have it here in Indiana right now, as yesterday, May 15th, Governor Pence signed signed a proclamation in recognition of Lupus Awareness Month.


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ATTENTION LIBRARY USERS: Please return all Library Materials between May 5 – May 16

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By , May 5, 2014 9:02 am

As a member of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI ), Butler University Libraries will migrate to a new library management system this summer. To assist in this process, we need all materials checked out in the current system to be returned and discharged.  Please return all books, CDs, DVDs, and scores between May 5 and May 16. If you wish to continue to use the materials, we will charge them out to you in the new system.

The new library system will continue to deliver renewal notices to you via email; however, when you receive a renewal notice, you will need to follow the renewal link in the email to affirm that you want to keep the item.   The renewal process in our old system was complicated, necessitating automatic renewals; however, the new library system empowers you to renew materials yourself.

Faculty, please note:  As part of the new system implementation, we are streamlining circulation policies to be consistent for both Irwin and the Science Library.  The faculty checkout period for regular book materials will continue to be six months, and the maximum number of renewals will be two renewals per item. This change will enable faculty to retain books for eighteen months.

Thank you for helping us to make the transition to our new system.  Questions?  Contact us at 940-9227 (Irwin Library) or 940-9401 (Science Library).

Thank you,

Faculty and Staff of the Butler University Libraries


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Extended Hours for Finals

By , April 26, 2014 1:55 pm

Butler University Libraries will be open for extended hours during finals week, April 29-May 6. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.  For a full listing of library hours you can visit the libraries’ website here.

Finals Week Irwin Science
April 29 (Tues.) 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
April 30 (Wed.) Open 24 hours 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
May 1 (Thurs.) 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
May 2 (Fri.) 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May 3 (Sat.) 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May 4 (Sun.) 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
May 5 (Mon.) 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
May 6 (Tues.) 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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