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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.

Finding Books at Irwin Library

Irwin Library has a large collection of books, eResources, movies, and media. This page will guide you through how to identify and locate materials you may be interested in at Irwin Library through a Step-by-Step tutorial.

Step 1: Searching with WorldCat Discovery

Find books, articles, media, and more at Butler and beyond
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REMEMBER:  Use WorldCat Discovery to find:

  1. Books, (ebooks, print books)
  2. Media (Streaming video, DVDs, CDs, etc.)
  3. Select magazine and journals articles

To browse specific collections that Butler Libraries has for popular reading materials.  Type the following search, in the search box:  b8: browsing

Another popular fiction area is the Young Adult literature of our Education Library collection.  To limit results by this type of search, select Advanced Search and type:  Young Adult in the Search Box and select the Search Index:  Subject 

Step 2: Locating the Call Number

When you look up your book, the call number should appear in the query. In this case, the search was made for Suzanne Collins's Catching Fire. As you can see, the Call Number is located next to the green checkmark: "PZ.C6837 Cat 2009." Make sure to have this number available when you come to the library to find your book.

Call Number Ranges

Butler Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system. For literature/fiction reading, The PN subclass deals with general literature, PR is English literature, and PS is American literature. Related sections within the American literature call number ranges are outlined below:

PS 700 - 3576 - Individual Authors

PS991-(3390) 19th century

PS3500-3549 1900-1960

PS3550-3576 1961-2000

PS3600-3626 2001-

The PQ and PT subclasses include literature in the Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) and other world literatures (German, Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans, etc). Each of these languages has a section devoted to criticism and/or literary history as well.

Library of Congress Classification System

Step 3: Navigating the Library

Unless your book is located in the Browsing Section (located near the Vending Machines on the first floor of Irwin), it will most likely be located on the second floor. The map above will help you figure out which quad your book will be in based on Call Number.


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

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