Services for Alumni

Cowles Library is pleased to support our great Drake alums through our library card program.  All Drake alums are eligible for a free library card to Cowles Library.

  • The cards are good for three years and can be renewed at the end of the three-year period.
  • A card allows you to check out books and other circulating materials from the library.
  • With an alumni card, Cowles Library staff can also log you into the computers in the Commons (library computer lab.)
  • Please note: an alumni card does not allow for remote (off-campus) access to databases, Supersearch, e-books, streaming music libraries and other restricted library resources.  These resources are accessible only when logged in to Library computers.

To get your alumni card, visit the Cowles Library information desk (Directions & Hours). Your card must be shown each time you visit Cowles Library for access and check-out privileges.


Now available to Drake alumni: perpetual access to RefWorks, a complete and sophisticated information management system for researchers and professionals.

Instructions for creating a Drake Alumni RefWorks account


Whenever possible, we encourage our database vendors to allow Drake alumni to access articles, e-books, and other online content. The list of databases below all allow alumni access with your Drake ID an password. If you do not have your Drake ID, contact the Drake ITS Support Center at 515-271-3001, option 2. If you know your ID but forgot your password, use the Drake ITS Password Gateway to reset it.

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