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Finding Textbooks: Course Reserves

A resource to help students explore their options when finding, renting, and buying textbooks.

Use Libraries for Textbooks

Some textbooks and resources can be found through course reserves. Course reserves allow professors to reserve specific items for students. These are available for a short term loan through Irwin and the Science Library.

Click on the link to learn more about searching/accessing course reserves: Course Reserves

Note: Be sure to ask your Professor before getting a textbook. Some courses require certain editions are access codes which aren't always available through the library. 

Options Through the Library

WorldCat Discovery is our catalog, but it's more than just a search for books. It's multi-format - it will bring back articles, books, ebooks, media, and more. You'll see the items we have on our shelves or in our online collection. It's also multi-library - the materials we own typically come back first, but the search does include materials owned by other libraries and available to your via Interlibrary Loan or PALShare. You can search by topic, title, or author.

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Want a book that you can't find at Butler?  Try getting it through Interlibrary Loan or PALShare, a free service for Butler faculty, staff, and students.

Learn about interlibrary loan

Before submitting an InterLibrary Loan request, an account must be made. This can be found on the Butler Library website by clicking the "InterLibrary Loan" link and following the login prompts, or first time users can click here.

Once an account is made, books may be searched for and requested through the Butler WorldCat search engine.

Please allow about 2 weeks for delivery. An e-mail will be sent when print materials are ready for pick-up.

Most journal articles arrive in 3-4 days and will be sent electronically.

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.

Proof of residency may include:

  • Mail postmarked within the last 30 days
  • Current lease or checkbook with your address
  • Butler University course schedule with address
  • Any official Butler University document with your address 

With a public library card, Butler students are able to check out books, music, and movies. Additionally, students will be able to access the Library's fantastic online collections of ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming music and video. 

The main library is located downtown, but there are several branch locations you could visit as well. 

The closest IndyPL branch location to Butler is the College Ave. Branch, 4180 N. College Ave., 317-275-4320.


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

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