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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.

Step 1: Getting a Library Card

If you are a student at Butler University, you qualify for an Indianapolis Public Library Card through
Marion County and should follow the following steps. If you are a faculty or staff member, please check
with your local library. 

Step One:  Follow the directions outlined on the IPL website:  Get a Library Card.

Step Two:  Pick Up Your Card

You can receive your card by visiting any Indianapolis Public Library location and bringing an acceptable form of identification (Driver's License, State ID, Passport, Student ID)

Closest Locations to Butler University

 College Avenue (Approx. 7 minute drive from campus)

  • 4180 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205
  • 317-275-4320

Central Library (Approx. 11 minute drive from campus)

  • 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • 317-275-4100

Renewing Your Library Card

You can either renew your library card in person at your local branch or online.

Universal Publicat Library Access Card (PLAC)

Public Library Access Card (PLAC)

The Public Library Access Card (PLAC) is the name for the statewide library card. The PLAC program allows an individual to purchase a card which allows them to borrow materials directly from any public library in Indiana.

Any individual who holds a valid Indiana public library card may obtain a PLAC card. The cost of the card is $65.00 and each card is valid for 12 months after being issued.  To apply for a card, visit your local Indiana public library.


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

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