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Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives

Official Website for the Department of Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives at Butler University

About Us

The department of Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives at Butler University is open regularly to both Butler-affiliated patrons and outside researchers. Please see below for our Location to find us and Hours to view our open times. 

Appointments are required to view materials. Contact Special Collections prior to your visit in order for us to best prepare for your research visit (e.g. pulling materials, checking for additional resources, conducting further research). Please see Contact below to find our department email address and phone number; individual faculty and staff contact information for the department is also available.

Department Hours

May 2022

Special Collections is closed from Monday, May 9 to Monday, August 1. Irwin Library is closed for the summer due to construction.

Please contact us with questions. Answers may take longer than usual due to limited access to materials with the building being closed. Our contact information is:

  •,  (317) 940-9136

For more information on Special Collections and our holdings, please visit the Special Collections website.

For more information on services and policies offered by Butler University Libraries, please visit the Library website


We are located in Room 345 of Irwin Library (3rd floor, southwest corner) at Butler University.

4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208


Appointments are required to allow for proper preparation for researchers.

Normal operating hours are 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday. The department is closed weekends, holidays, and for scheduled library closings.

Please be sure to contact us to make an appointment in case of scheduling conflicts, especially if coming from a distance, to verify that we will be available. 

Contact us to request a time to come in and view materials. See the left sidebar for contact information.

Before your appointment, please view the Policies page for information regarding service guidelines and your research visit. 




Sally Childs-Helton

Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian


Evan N. Miller

Special Collections Associate


Megan McKee

Special Collections Assistant



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

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