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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


Cowles Library is offering Contact-Free Lobby Pickup while we remain closed. Beginning June 15, 2020, you can pick up your available items only during the following days and times:

Mondays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Thursdays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Until the library reopens, these are the only times you will be able to enter the library, and only for hold pickups. This service is available to Drake faculty, staff, and students, and is limited to items in the Cowles Library collections. Stay tuned for information about Interlibrary Loan and FastTRAC lending.

Here's how it works:

  • Sign in to SuperSearch using your Drake credentials and find a book or DVD you want to borrow.
  • Click the Request link while viewing the record, and fill out the request form to place the hold.
  • When your items are ready to pick up, you will receive an email. Please do not come to the library unless you have received this email, even if you place your request on a Monday or Thursday.
  • To pick up your items, come to the north entrance of the library and scan in with your Drake ID. Please be sure to comply with any University requirements regarding temperature monitoring and face masks before arriving. There will be a Pickup Table just inside the entrance; items will be wrapped (or bagged) for privacy and marked with your last name. They will already have been checked out to you, so all you need to do is grab your items and go!

If you wish to return items, please continue to use the book drop located just outside the library's north entrance.