Cowles Library (http://library.drake.edu/), the main library for the University, is an integral part of the learning experience for Drake students. Library collections and services serve as a primary resource for course work and research, and for the development of student information literacy skills. Librarians and staff are available to assist individual users and offer a variety of instructional opportunities, including LIBR 046, a course designed to promote effective use of information resources and critical thinking.
The Library is both a repository of content and a gateway to a vast array of print and electronic information. The Library's collections include more than 500,000 books and e-books, 100,000 federal and state government documents, 777,000 microform records, 200 electronic databases and approximately 29,000 scholarly online journals. The collections also include DVDs and music CDs, as well as a digital repository of scholarship and historical material unique to Drake. The Library also provides interlibrary loan and document delivery services to obtain materials not owned by the library, and has been at the forefront of innovative programs designed to enhance access to those materials.
The library web site serves as an access point to the online catalog and subject sources, including a wide variety of databases, indexes, full-text electronic journals, e-books, encyclopedias and other reference tools. All these services are accessible through the campus computer network and to off-campus users enrolled at Drake.
Assistance can also be obtained through the Ask a Librarian service athttp://libraryhelp.drake.eduthrough a variety of means including a web form, email, SMS text messaging, voice phone and chat. Library resources and services can also be accessed via the Library's mobile site. Another good starting point for research are the subject-based and class-specific Research Guides (http://researchguides.drake.edu) maintained by the librarians and other Drake faculty members.
The library facility contains a computer lab with 55 computer workstation. Other features of the facility include wireless computer access, a cafe, a restored grand reading room and events center, and the adjacent James Collier-Drake Heritage Room. Beginning in Fall 2012, the Library will also feature an "extended hours" area that will enable late-night studying and research by Drake students.
The Office of Information Technology supports a range of services to serve teaching and learning. Detailed information can be found on our web site Teaching and Learning Services and Client Support Services.Of particular interest to students are the support services related to the following tools: