In order to help minimize spread of the coronavirus and protect our campus community, Cowles Library is adjusting our services, hours, and building access. Read more…


“Spyware/virus download blocked” messages

We have received numerous reports of users getting a “Spyware/Virus Download Blocked” message when trying to get to some databases or other web content, particularly EBSCO. Drake ITS is aware of this issue and is working on a solution. They will post any updates to the News section of the ITS website. In the meantime, if you are unable to load a particular website from on campus, please try entering https:// before the rest of the URL instead of http://. In some cases this resolves the issue. Other potential fixes include trying a different browser or refreshing your page.

JSTOR is experiencing widespread site issues

JSTOR is experiencing widespread intermittent site issues, causing pages to load improperly, access denials, and site crashes.  This is affecting all JSTOR users, and their tech support is working on it, but there’s currently no time frame on when this will get fixed.  I have added an announcement to the website under News and Notes.  I’ll let everyone know when it’s back up.

Library fines eliminated for Drake students

Cowles Library has listened to the students of Drake University and taken the step of eliminating “overdue fines” for library materials. Our materials are for the use of Drake faculty and staff (who are already “fine-exempt”) AND students; so we don’t want to discourage their use!

This does NOT mean, of course, that students don’t have to return items that they check-out; they must either renew or bring the items back. Items lost will still be subject to a charge, including the cost of replacement. Also, reserve items will not be fine-exempt, as their monopolization by one student could prevent other students’ access to the classroom material.

For information about overdues and lost items,  visit this page:


Interlibrary Loan Delays Possible

Update: Issue is resolved as of 12-3-2014.

Due to continuing issues at our vendor, Interlibrary Loan processing for new requests may be delayed for up to 24 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

National Library of Medicine Closes

Due to the lapse in government funding, the National Library of Medicine will be closed until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at

Buoy Trial Conclusion

The trial of the Buoy chairs at Cowles Library has concluded. The final tally? By nearly 6 to 1, respondents would like to see Buoy chairs used in the Library.  Here’s the vote:

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Construction Continues at Cowles

Construction of the new University Archives and Special Collections area continues at Cowles during the month of September. Users should expect occasional noise on the 2nd floor between 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.

After-Hours Access Made Easier!

After-Hours begins September 3. Procedures for obtaining an access card have been simplified. Students no longer need to fill out a registration form on the library website. Instead:

If you are a first-year student entering Drake in the fall of 2013 or later, your Drake ID will allow you to access the After Hours Study area.

If you are a returning student who obtained an access card last year, your card will be automatically reactivated to allow access.

If you are a returning student who has never requested an access card for the After Hours Study area, just present your Drake ID at the University Facilities Key Shop in order to get an access card.

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