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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.)

There is a small, metered Visitor lot on the southwest corner of Aliber Hall.

More information about parking at Drake

Contact Numbers

Information Desk: (515) 271-2111

Cowles Library Staff Directory

Mailing Address

Cowles Library
2725 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311