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At Drake, our libraries are academic landmarks that stand at the heart of the University’s mission. They are also:

In the 21st century learning environment, our libraries and their staff members are your essential partners in the process of learning and discovery. With online databases and full-text journals available in every academic area that Drake offers, the libraries provide you with a wealth of information unimaginable even a few years ago.

Just as important, they provide a highly trained staff of librarians who are also educators, prepared to help you find your way through a vast sea of digital resources, evaluating, interpreting, and integrating the information you find.

Cowles Library

The largest private academic library in Iowa, Cowles Library houses the University’s general print and digital collections, all searchable online; Archives and Special Collections; eScholarShare, and a repository of the work of Drake faculty and students. With SuperSearch, you can search nearly 100 key databases through a single interface. “Drake-apedia,” a student-created wiki highlighting Drake’s rich history, includes entries about campus buildings, notable faculty and alumni, various organizations, and time-honored traditions.

Opperman Law Library

The law library supports Drake Law School’s faculty and students with specialized collections and databases and a highly skilled staff. Located in Dwight D. Opperman Hall, a building acclaimed for its architectural design, the library provides 700 seats in individual study settings and group meeting spaces, at tables and in lounge areas.

Important Admission Dates

Now - Apply for Admission for Spring 2021, or Fall 2021

Now- Virtual Individual Admission Appointments

Now - Student-Guided Virtual Campus Tours

October 19 - Admission 101 livestream: The College Transfer Process

October 21 - Admission 101 livestream: The College Application Process

October 22 - Admission 101 livestream: The College Transfer Process

October 27 - Admission 101 livestream: Essay Writing

November 3 - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake

November 7 - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake

November 10 - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake

November 18 - Admission 101 livestream: Paying for College & Financial Aid