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 Library 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 collections include more than 700,000 books, e-books and journals, 100,000 federal and state government documents, 777,000 microform records, 140 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.
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 virtual reference service. A number of library resources and services can also be reached via mobile devices.
The library facility contains an Information Commons with 60 computer workstations and a full service support center that is staffed 72 hours per week. Netbooks are available for check-out. Other features of the facility include wireless computer access, a coffee-cafe, a restored grand reading room and events center, and the adjacent James Collier-Drake Heritage Room.
Located in the lower level of Meredith Hall, the Drake TeleMedia Center provides audiovisual (A/V) equipment to Drake faculty and staff, as well as the following services:
DTC is also the central programming point for The College Channel, seen citywide on Mediacom cable. Residence Life Cinema and CampusNet teletext, both on-campus cable services, are also programmed and maintained by DTC. DTC provides multimedia, IT and training support to the entire campus community.
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