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All About eBooks: Basic Info

Butler's eBook Collections

Looking for popular fiction?

Don't forget your public library! Many offer ebook lending with your library account, and they specialize in different types of content than what you'll find in our collections.

Butler students are eligible to get an Indy PL card - see more information online or visit any branch location.

Using Butler eBooks

What you need to know about using Butler's eBooks

Using eBooks at an academic library is different than personal eBooks or eBooks you get from a public library.  They are accessible from several different websites (platforms) and what a user is allowed to do with an eBook depends on the functionality available on the platform where it's found, or any restrictions placed by the publisher.

Our recommendations:

  • Download chapters instead of 'checking out' the entire book whenever possible.
  • When you do a full book 'check out,' make sure you log into your personal account when you try to access the book on a different device.
  • Worldcat Discovery is the best place to start searching for an eBook.
  • Some eBook titles have restrictions on the number of users who can access it simultaneously, so if you're done reading an eBook, close your browser tab to end your session (and release the eBook so someone else can read it).

Contact Information

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Information Commons
Call: 317-940-9227
Text: 317-758-3551
Or stop by Irwin Library: we are located at the Information Commons desk on the first floor and in the Center for Academic Technology offices on the third floor.

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Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937

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