"We are thankful for the quiet, the comfort, and the elegance. It is difficult to be uninspired every time one enters this building." - Craig E. Pinkus, President of the Student Council, May 1, 1965
Students form the living heart of Butler's campus, and of Irwin Library. Indeed, undergraduate students and their needs are central to Butler University Libraries' mission:
"It is the mission of the Butler University Libraries to actively support the educational goals of Butler University by providing facilities, services, resources, technology, and educational opportunities that facilitate access to information. Central to this mission are the needs of undergraduate students.
The libraries also have a responsibility to support teaching and scholarship and to help preserve the intellectual heritage which is at the core of the University's overall mission."
Students of Yesterday
Archival photos of students at Irwin Library show the changes in academic and social life that have occured through the decades at Butler. From changes in dress to academic technology, students today encounter quite a different Irwin than they did in Irwin's earliest days. However, Irwin's mission remains the same: to provide a center for academic life on campus and to contribute significantly toward learning outcomes for students.
Students of Today
Source: Mission & History. https://www.butler.edu/library/about/mission-history