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SuperSearch: FastTRAC Libraries

Information and guides to help you use SuperSearch at Cowles Library

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Current Fast TRAC Libraries

Grand View University Library

Grinnell College - Burling Library

Hawkeye Community College Library

Iowa State University - Parks Library

St. Ambrose University Library

University of Iowa - Main Library

University of Northern Iowa - Rod Library

Searching FastTRAC Libraries

You can search the print collections of FastTRAC Libraries in SuperSearch by typing your search terms and selecting the FastTRAC Libraries option from the expanded search field:


Alternatively, you can change the scope of your search results from Drake to FastTRAC at any time by selecting FastTRAC Libraries from the dropdown next to the search box:


The default scope searches all FastTRAC libraries (including Drake's print collections), but you can select an individual library from the dropdown menu if you prefer:

Search Results

Currently, books that are owned by more than one FastTRAC library are not combined into a single record. If you search for a book that multiple libraries own, you will see multiple results with the note "Check Holdings." If the book is owned by Cowles Library, an availability note will indicate either "Available at Cowles Library" (can be checked out) or "Not Available" (currently checked out but can be requested).

You might also see a "View X versions" button where X is a number. This means that multiple versions of the same title were found at the same library, and that library could be Cowles or a FastTRAC library. Click the button to get more information.

Requesting Items from a FastTRAC Library

1. First, sign in with your Drake ID and Password. Only current Drake students, faculty, and staff may request from FastTRAC Libraries.

2. When you find a book you'd like to request, click "Check Holdings" to open the record. In the Get It section, you'll see the name of the FastTRAC institution and the availability of the item. Click the institution name to begin the request.

3. The item's location and status at the FastTRAC institution will appear, along with a "Request" link (please be patient, it may take several seconds for this information to load). Click the Request link.

4. Fill in the required (starred) fields, then click "Request". If you want the item delivered to Drake, select "Drake" from the Pickup Institution dropdown, and the Pickup Library will automatically change to Cowles Library.

5. When the item is ready for you to pick up, you will receive an email with instructions. We will hold the item for 7 days; if it has not been picked up by then, we will return it to the lending institution.

Walk-In Borrowing

If you happen to live near a FastTRAC Library, you also have the option of walk-in borrowing at that library. You don't need special authorization or registration; simply present your Drake ID to check out books.

The materials you are able to check out are subject to the FastTRAC Library's restrictions (see below), so it's a good idea to ask at the library before you look for material on the shelf.

FastTRAC Library Material Restrictions

This service is limited to current Drake faculty, staff, and students, and the focus is on print materials only (primarily books). Online articles and eBooks are not part of this service.

Which materials are not allowed for checkout depends upon the FastTRAC library, but typically special collections, media (videos and music), items on reserve, and print journals are excluded from this service.