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Reading LibGuide: Indianapolis Public Libraries

This guide gives great tips and suggestions for leisure reading resources at Butler University

Indianapolis Public Library for Butler Students

Can I get an Indianapolis Public Library card as a Butler student?

Yes! Butler students are eligible for a library card from the Indianapolis Public Library. You just need to show your Butler ID and a current piece of mail or bill showing your address on campus.

What does an Indianapolis Public Library account give me access to?

Plenty! You'll be able to check out books, music, and movies. Remember - public libraries serve a different purpose than academic ones, so their collections will be quite a bit different from ours! Additionally, you'll be able to access the Library's fantastic online collections of ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming music and video. 

Can I visit the library?

Absolutely! The main library is located downtown (and it's gorgeous), but there are several branch locations you could visit as well. 


Indianapolis Public Library main location downtown

Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library; Central Library Atrium by "Architect: Woollen, Molzan and Partners / Photographer: Jeffrey A. Kisling". Used under CC-BY

Connect with the Community


An easy way to get more involved in the Indianapolis Community is to volunteer at a library near you. For more information on volunteering click the link below:


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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