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From the north or east:

  1. From I-35 S, continue onto I-235 W. From I-80 W, take exit 137A onto I-235 W.
  2. Take exit 7 for Keo Way/19th St. toward MLK Jr. Pkwy.
  3. Turn right onto 19th St.
  4. Turn left onto University Ave. In 1/2 mile, the Library will be on your right.

From the south or west:

  1. From I-35 S, take exit 7A onto I-235 E. From I-80 E, continue onto I-235 E.
  2. Take exit 6 to 31st St.
  3. Turn left on 31st St. to University Ave.
  4. Turn right on University Ave. In 2 blocks, the Library will be on your left.


Street parking is available on side streets south of University Ave. (28th St., 27th St., Brattleboro Ave., etc.)

More information about parking at Drake

Contact Numbers

Information Desk: (515) 271-2111

Cowles Library Staff Directory

Mailing Address

Cowles Library
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311