Answered By: Marianne Eckhart
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2020     Views: 197

Butler University's Department of Special Collections, Rare Books & University Archives is located on the third floor of the Irwin Library in the southwest corner.

The hours for the Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives Department are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment. 

An appointment is not necessary to use the Department during the department's open hours. An appointment is only necessary if arrangements need to be made to use the department outside of regular hours.  If you need research help from the Special Collections librarian, an appointment would be recommended.  Contact Sally Childs-Helton, Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian, with questions ((317) 940-9265,

Listed below are major collections of books or archival materials housed in Irwin Library's Special Collections and Rare Books Room. Materials are described in WorldCat Discovery. Some collections also have supplementary access lists; these are available on-site and, as they become available, via the Special Collections and Rare Books webpage.


The archive is located on the 3rd floor of Irwin library within special collections.  The archive includes institutional, physical, scholarly, and, to some extent, the personal history of the university, its programs, facilities, and people.  Their collections include:

 University archive webpage

Special Collections

The special collections is located on the 3rd floor of Irwin Library.  They house a variety of collections, including: 

Special collections webpage

Rare Books

The rare books room is located on the first floor of Irwin library at the back of the collaborate learning space in the Great Books Room, as well as in the Special Collections room on the 3rd floor.  The Hugh Thomas Miller Rare Book Room houses early and rare books, as well as manuscripts, prints, maps, classical and popular music scores, newspapers, and memorabilia, in all fields of liberal arts and sciences, education, pharmacy, and the fine and performing arts. Their collection include: 

Rare books webpage