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Facility

21st Century Needs

Cowles Library has served the Drake community of scholars and students admirably since 1937. Additions and renovations have extended the life of the facility, but the demands of learning in the 21st century require that the facility support the growing needs of Drake.

We envision a library that will support the full range of managing knowledge – access to and development of scholarly resources; a learning center that supports professional services and technology in the context of both a social and scholarly setting; classroom and training areas; and a setting for cultural activities and events. The features taken together will allow the library to sustain its historic – and onging future role, as the academic and intellectual heart of the university.

Drake University Archives

A new research focus for Cowles Library

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE AND CLOSED.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEXT ROUND OF LIBRARY RENOVATIONS.

In conjunction with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s decision to donate historical papers and materials from 40 years of service in the U.S. Congress to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Cowles Library was able to accelerate the Archives/Special Collections portion of the Master Plan. Construction begins in June 2013 for the Drake University Archives.

Architect's drawing of the entry to the new University Archives

Architect’s drawing of the entry to the new University Archives

 

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