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In order to help minimize spread of the coronavirus and protect our campus community, Cowles Library is adjusting our services, hours, and building access. Read more...

Cowles Library


Remote Cowles Library Resources & Support

Resources and services to assist with remote learning and instruction during the COVID-19 crisis

As of August 31, the library is open to Drake students, faculty, and staff with adjusted hours. Upon recommendation from Drake Administration and Drake Public Safety, we remain closed to members of the public. In addition to enforcing Drake University policies regarding mask wearing and social distancing, we have modified some library policies to help create a safer space for everyone using the library. Please review these policies and help us maintain a safe, healthy environment by following them if you visit the library.

We continue to offer online services, resources, and support for teaching and learning, which we have listed throughout the rest of this guide.

Archives & Special Collections

University Archives & Special Collections is open for services by appointment only, 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Friday.  We will still be working with email inquiries to provide the best possible solutions to our patrons’ needs. It may take Archives personnel longer to respond to your request because access to the physical collections is limited at this time.  Digital Collections can be accessed at

University Archives & Special Collections is unable to accept any transfers of records or donations at this time.  Please email if you are interested in planning for a donation at a future date.

Continue to check for updates. 

Checking Out Books and Other Physical Materials

There is a touchless self-checkout station on the main floor, near the Information Desk. We ask that you use this station to check out materials in order to minimize contact and handling of materials by multiple people.

Online Chat Service

You can access our Ask A Librarian chat service on the Library Help page, or look for the “Chat Now” widget in the right margin of our web pages and SuperSearch. Chat hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

FastTRAC and InterLibrary Loan

FastTRAC book borrowing and lending is available via SuperSearch. Information about using the FastTRAC service is available in our FastTRAC guide.

We are still accepting Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for articles that can be obtained and delivered electronically. However, tangible items may not be available.

Library Material Due Dates and Returning Items

You can review your due dates (and renew, if necessary) anytime. Just sign in to your library account and click on the Loans section.

If you want to return items, you may use the book drop located just outside the north entrance of Cowles Library, or the indoor book drop located near the main floor printing area (just past the Information Desk).