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Cowles Library advances Drake University’s goal to provide an exceptional learning experience for our community, especially focused on students and faculty — and through:

  • Relevant collections
  • Integrated learning opportunities
  • Innovative services
  • Inspiring and effective learning spaces
  • Rare and unique special collections
  • Engagement with new approaches to scholarly communication

Inside Cowles

Cowles Library is the largest private academic library in Iowa. Our purpose is to support the educational goals of Drake University by providing services, collections, technology, and learning opportunities that make it possible for faculty and students to successfully access and use information.

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Cowles Library will be the hub for learning and scholarship at Drake University.

The library will inspire exploration, foster intellectual growth and enrich the Drake academic experience.

Students, faculty, staff and our learning community will find the resources, services, spaces and guidance vital for discovering, preserving and creating knowledge.

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