Current Planning Documents

Strategic Plan 2021

Library programs and services are organized around four overarching programs:

  • Knowledge – Cowles Library shapes its library collections, resources, and services to nurture knowledge discovery, creation, sharing and preservation.
  • Learning – Cowles Library engages with Drake faculty and support services to advance learning. The Library’s services, including instruction, reference, and course offerings, strengthen information literacy and research skills. These core services also ensure effective integration of library resources into the curriculum and scholarly research. The Library facility supports the pedagogy of the faculty and serves as a welcoming environment for research, study, and community.
  • Community of Learners – Cowles Library excels in creating and sustaining a sense of academic community. The Library provides a critical context to that community through its programs, facilities, and a principled commitment to lifelong learning and discourse. The Library’s University Archives and Special Collections is a unique cornerstone resource for sustaining community for the university and beyond.
  • Organizational Excellence – Cowles Library is committed to maintaining an organizational climate that advances the discipline of Librarianship, fosters professional growth, and promotes accountability in all of its activities.