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Cowles Library

Cowles Library offers a wide variety of services for the development of members of the Drake community in their roles as scholars, teachers, and learners. 


Faculty, Staff


Through a network of in-house, subject-area liaisons, library faculty work directly with departments, faculty, and staff to assist in research, information literacy, and teaching development. Cowles Library also houses formal and informal study, meeting, and collaboration spaces, as well as a classroom that seats 25. Additionally, the Library provides regularly updated online video tutorials that are useful in classes and for harnessing the capabilities of available tools, such as our information discovery products and tools for online learners and teachers.

Learn More

Cowles Library offers walk-up, telephone, and online support 12 hours a day, seven days a week during Fall and Spring semesters. For more information, please visit


Andrew Welch, Librarian for Discovery Services & Technology, or contact a reference librarian or get answers to general questions about Cowles Library, including scheduling a Library Instruction Session, at 515-271-2111. 

Faculty/Staff Development Opportunities