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Student Services Center

The Drake Student Services Center is designed to provide assistance with common campus needs, including:

  • Drake ID card printing and card access troubleshooting
  • Bulldog Bucks deposits (also available on blueView, My Drake Account tab)
  • Parking permit registration (also available on blueView, My Drake Account tab)
  • Parking ticket payments
  • Meal plan management (sign up, change, or cancel your meal plan)
  • Student payroll/accounting check distribution
  • International Student ID Card printing (ISIC)

If you have questions or need any additional information about these services, visit Student Services Center web site or contact them at  You can also visit the office in lower level Carnegie Hall (east ramp entrance) or call at 515-271-2000.

Student Services Center web site

Cowles Library

Cowles Library is the main library of Drake University.  The Library provides extensive print and electronic resources used in class assignments and research.  Faculty librarians and Library staff work with researchers and students at every stage of the research process and provide instruction in cutting-edge research methods.  Librarians teach several First Year Experience and J-Term classes and also offer specialized courses which focus on effective research, information literacy and critical thinking skills.

Cowles Library is the largest private college academic library in Iowa.  Print resources include more than half a million books, government documents and scholarly journals.  A rapidly growing e-book collection of more than 400,000 volumes is available.  The Library provides an extensive collection of online resources including more than 250 electronic databases, covering the entire range of subjects and academic disciplines at Drake.  The high quality and broad scope of the Library's electronic resources is a distinguishing feature of the Drake learning experience.  Cowles was the first library in Iowa to offer an online service (called SuperSearch) that accesses multiple databases in a single search.  The Library provides access to Web of Science and other resources that are generally accessible only to major research universities.

The Library provides provides interlibrary loan services to Drake students (without charge) that link Drake to a global network of libraries. Cowles Library is a member of the resource sharing Central Iowa Academic Library Cooperative, and a founding member of the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI) which provides enhanced sharing of collections among six academic libraries.  These relationships allow students to rapidly obtain resources they need not found in the core Library collection. 

Students can obtain assistance in person, online or even by text message through our popular "Ask a Librarian" service. The Library supports mobile device access and off-campus access for our electronic databases, e-books, and interlibrary loan.  Students can also get full access to the New York Times using their Drake credentials.  Subject and class-specific research guides, compiled by Librarians and Drake faculty, are found in the Research Guides.

The Library provides high-quality study spaces that include quiet study areas, study rooms, group study space, computer collaboration equipment, whiteboards and a popular campus cafe.  An After-Hours portion of the Library is open for study when the Library itself is closed.  The Library has the largest general-purpose computer lab on campus, with 50 Mac and Windows computers.  The Speaking Studio, built in 2014, allows students to practice and record presentations and speeches.  The Library collaborates with other departments to provide direct academic support through the Writing Workshop, the Speaking Center, and with Academic Achievement to support tutoring in courses such as Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Psychology, as well as assistance with time management and study skills. 

Many campus groups and organizations meet in the Library and a wide variety of cultural events and speakers are supported throughout the academic year.

University Archives and Special Collections provides the opportunity for students and researchers to engage in primary research in topics related to government, law, politics, and allied cultural concerns through several notable collections including the Political Papers Collection and the new Iowa Caucus Collection.  This unit also provides internships and student work experiences related to museum and archival practice and the opportunity to work on digitization and digital projects.

Cowles Library web site

Drake Technology Services

Drake Technology Services (DTS) supports the innovative use of technology to enhance the Drake experience for faculty, students and staff.  DTS

  • Is a center of excellence for technology and connectivity to all constituents on campus, from students and faculty to staff and leadership.

  • Serves as a campus partner for technology solutions that promote innovative, accessible education.

  • Strives for the strategic, seamless advancement of a digitally integrated campus.

  • Takes pride in bringing our clients prompt, courteous, expert service from first contact to solution to ongoing support.

  • Works from different locations but functions as a collaborative, unified team.

Drake Support Center

The Support Center provides assistance with passwords, general technology questions, solving software, computer and network related problems. The Support Center can be reached at 515-271-3001 and is located in the lower level of Carnegie Hall (directly West of Old Main).

Knowledge Base

The Knolwedge Base is a repository of instructional how-to guides for basic DTS services and applications.

Service Catalog

The Service Catalog provides an index of the collection of applications, tools, and services supported by DTS.

Drake Technology Services web site

Academic Achievement

Students looking for ways to enhance their academic success (improving reading comprehension, studying efficiently and time management) are encouraged to contact the Academic Achievement Coordinator. One-on-one consultations are available by appointment only. Students are encouraged to utilize the various resources (tutoring labs, supplemental instruction, writing workshop) offered. Whether full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate student, you can experience academic success if you: (1) go to every class (2) go to every class prepared (3) initiate and maintain contact with faculty and (4) take advantage of the academic resources offered by the academic departments.

In addition, the Office of the Provost at Drake University sponsors the Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC) program (including Welcome Weekend) under the direction and supervision of the Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Student Success.  PMACs are not course-specific tutors; they are generalists who focus on issues that are applicable to student success regardless of a students’ college, school or major.

Having a better understanding of what to expect inside and outside the classroom, becoming more aware of resources available on and off campus, and being able to make “informed” decisions are the objectives of semester-long interactions with the PMACs. Programming focuses on:

  • Goal-setting and decision-making
  • Time management
  • Studying efficiently
  • Questioning strategies
  • Approaching faculty
  • On- and off-campus resources (to address academic, personal and social issues)
  • Transitional adjustments and involvement inside as well as outside the classroom

Transfer students come to Drake with experience from another institution and are offered an orientation session in either the fall or spring semester, called the New Student Program.  The New Student Program is tailored to transfer and nontraditional students’ needs and is enhanced by Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors are students who also transferred to Drake from another institution and serve as a student resource for the university. If you are interested in assisting with transfer student programs or have questions, please email

Academic Achievement web site

Professional and Career Development Services

Drake’s Professional and Career Development Services, (P.C.D.S.), focuses on professional career development rather than job placement. This focus is a perfect fit for higher education due to its emphasis on learning a process. Career development, at its best, begins your first year and builds with each internship, research study, service project or part-time job. Ultimately, this process culminates in you seeking out and landing a job.  Professional and Career Development Services offers comprehensive services for students both in and outside the classroom.

Career Exploration

P.C.D.S. has many tools to assist you with career exploration at any point in your academic career.  Career assessments are used to gather information to make career suggestions based on your interests, skills and values.  Counseling is available to explore the careers that are possible within your intended major.

Internship and Career Fairs

P.C.D.S. hosts an All-University Career Fair each spring.  Representatives from many businesses and graduate schools attend to talk with students.  In addition, targeted fairs are held for students pursuing pharmacy, actuarial science and accounting/finance.

Job Search Strategies

P.C.D.S. will provide the following services to you at any point in your academic career:

Handshake (Drake’s online job posting board)
Internship and Shadowing Experience
Resume/Cover Letter Development
Mock Interviews
Portfolio Development

Graduate/Professional School

Deciding to attend graduate school requires self-assessment.  P.C.D.S. will guide you through researching your program of choice at several different schools.  P.C.D.S. will also assist with applications, references, personal statement development, and mock interviews.

Professional and Career Development Services web site

Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services assists students with disabilities in identifying and requesting necessary accommodations.  Staff members work with students with all types of disabilities, including but not limited to learning disabilities; attention deficit disorder; mobility restrictions; mental health; visual, hearing, physical and psychological disabilities.  Disability services include assessment of learning and support needs; classroom and test accommodation assistance; campus accessibility consultation; and support for faculty and staff.

Student Disability Services web site

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