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Remote Cowles Library Resources & Support

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

Cowles Library has partnered with libraries throughout the state to allow Drake students to return library items at 35 participating libraries across Iowa. This statewide initiative was created to help students living far from campus due to the pandemic. This service will be offered through June 30, 2020.

Where to Return

Participating libraries will accept items from the other Iowa libraries and return those items at no cost to the borrower. Students who have Drake University library books to return can check the book return map for drop-off locations throughout Iowa. The map and a list of all participating libraries is also displayed below.

Students living near Drake's campus are encouraged to return books at the book drop outside the north entrance of Cowles Library.

If none of these options is safely available to you, don’t worry — most library due dates have been extended through August 31, 2020. Contact if you have questions about your library items.

Handling Library Materials

Before returning library items, please observe the following safe-handling practices:

  • Do not clean, disinfect, or microwave library materials before returning them. For example, do not use water, Lysol, or any other cleaner on materials.
  • If you or your family members are sick or have been sick, seal materials in a zip-lock style bag if possible before returning.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling library materials for return and again after you have completed the return.

Book Drop-off Locations in Iowa

Open map in a separate page

  • Iowa State University - Parks Library
  • DMACC Ankeny campus - Library Bldg 6
  • Scott Community College Library
  • DMACC Boone campus Library
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Library Student Center
  • DMACC Carroll campus Library
  • University of Northern Iowa - Rod Library
  • Mount Mercy University - Busse Library
  • Kirkwood Community College Library Benton Hall
  • Clinton Community College Library
  • Southwestern Community College Library
  • Saint Ambrose University Library
  • DMACC Urban/Des Moines campus Library Bldg 1
  • Drake University - Cowles Library
  • Grand View University Library
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences Library Sullivan Center
  • Loras College Library
  • University of Dubuque - Charles C. Myers Library
  • Grinnell College Library
  • Simpson College - Dunn Library
  • Kirkwood Community College Library
  • University of Iowa - Hardin Library
  • University of Iowa - Main Library
  • Southeastern Community College - Fred Karre Memorial Library
  • Cornell College - Cole Library
  • Muscatine Community College Library
  • Northwestern College - DeWitt Library
  • William Penn University - Wilcox Library
  • Indian Hills Community College Library
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Library
  • Dordt University - Hulst Library
  • Briar Cliff University - Bishop Mueller Library
  • Morningside College Library
  • Hawkeye Community College Library Main Campus
  • Wartburg College - Vogel Library

Credit: University of Iowa Libraries