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Outside Academics: Exploring the Library for Fun & Personal Enrichment

Listed here are public library resources that can extend your access to books, movies and films, and databases beyond Butler's academic collections.


This LibGuide was created to help direct you to know and use library resources for your personal enrichment. It will point you to resources that Butler Libraries or your local public library has to help with home projects, entertainment reading (books, newspapers, and magazines), and media entertainment (films, music, podcasts).

Freely accessible resources beyond the Libraries' collection are also included.  Navigate through this guide using the Tabbed Table of Contents to your left.  Key tabs to explore include:

  • Finding Books at Irwin Library: A step-by-step guide to searching and locating books within Butler Libraries.
  • Finding Books at Your Public Library: A guide to applying for an Indianapolis Public Library (IPL) card, searching materials, and utilizing them.
  • Watching a Movie: A list of resources within Irwin Library and the IPL system to view movies via streaming or hard DVD/Blu-Ray copy.
  • Research Purchases: Consumer Reports: A guide to using Consumer Reports to help make informed decisions about purchases with a list of recommended and relevant consumer reports.
  • Newspapers, Articles, and More: A resource to help access the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the IndyStar, as well as other premier learning and leisure resources such as and Rosetta Stone,
  • Standardized Testing: A compilation of resources that will aid you in the process of locating a testing center, preparation for tests, and other key components of post-bachelor studies.


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

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