Over the years, Irwin Library has both preserved the original charm and architecture designed by Minoru Yamasaki in 1963 and modernized in order to accommodate new needs and technology. Today, Irwin is a hub of Butler's campus. Incoming students spend some of their first Butler moments at Irwin as they begin new student registration. Throughout those students' collegiate careers, Irwin will increasingly inspire within them a sense of creativity and a love of knowledge, academia, and community collaboration.
Why should we care about Irwin? A library is just a building full of books, right?
For students at Butler, Irwin Library is the first destination on their collegiate journey. As the place where students begin New Student Registration, Irwin gives incoming students their first taste of the spectrum of what we have here at Butler. Students can speak with representatives of Clowes Memorial Hall, the University Bands and Spirit Programs, and the Learning Resource Center as well as representatives of many other integral programs at Butler. As students move their way between tables, excitement of the impending year builds, and registration at Irwin becomes a pleasurable memory, noted in their minds for years to come.
After New Student Registration, Irwin becomes a place of learning and a place to fulfill personal academic potential for students. With the aid of a plethora of resources ranging from new technology to librarians with professional experience in various topics of literature, students are able to do almost anything. They create their own research projects, honors theses, and study for exams within the walls of Irwin. As part of #DawgsDigDeep, Nicole Hudec '17 and Quinn McKenzie '18 were featured as students who have taken advantage of what Irwin has to offer in order to fulfill their personal academic goals. Expanding minds through factual knowledge, valuable resources and inspirational imageries makes Irwin a distinct and consistent part of every Butler student's collegiate career.
Irwin is a hub of community involvement for students, faculty and staff at Butler. Members of the Butler community collaborate on projects together at Irwin, as well as with members of the Indianapolis community and elsewhere. As a host for many activities and events, Irwin allows a space for students' learning to culminate through real-world application. By inviting communities outside of Butler to live and breathe life alongside students, Irwin is able to continue as a place to create and to build as a modern force. As Yamasaki said during Irwin's creation in 1963, "this is a great age...and we must find physical expression for it," and even after 50 years, Irwin continues to uphold that legacy.
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