About Us

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.

We are also a selective Federal Depository Library for government documents, and the building is open to the general public during regular building hours. A dedicated computer for electronic government publications is available for public use. For help with government documents in the library, ask at the Information Desk. For help with online government documents, use our Ask a Librarian service.

Library Hours

Complete list of regular and special hours for the current semester.

Staff Directory

Cowles Library faculty and staff. Other directories include subject specialists and your department’s faculty library liaison.

Midnight Hall

Formerly known as “After Hours Study” or “Lower Commons,” Midnight Hall offers Drake students a high-quality study space outside of regular library hours.


The basic rules of how the Library works.

Room Reservations

Cowles Library is a popular meeting spot for student organization and campus groups.

Jobs at the Library

Application information for student employment at the Library. (For full-time positions, visit the Drake Employment page.)

Location and Contact Information

How to find us, how to get in touch.

Find out more about the Library’s mission, strategic programs, and assessment activities at Our Purpose, Our People.

Discover our unique University Archives, special collections, and Heritage collections at Drake Collections.