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Borrowing & Renewing Items


Cowles Library highly encourages the use and check out of all of our circulating materials. Library users must:

  • Show a valid Drake University ID card, or a Special User Card each time they check out materials.
  • If you are not a current Drake student or employee, you can apply for a Special User Card online or at the┬áPayments Desk.

Loan Periods

Items may be checked out based on the following standards and criteria:

Borrower Type Books* (location = “Stacks”) DVDs & Videos* Audio CDs* Audiobooks & Leisure Reading* Check-out Limits
Undergraduate 4 weeks 1 week 1 week 4 weeks 60 items
Graduate End of semester 1 week 1 week 4 weeks 100 items
Faculty & Staff End of academic year 1 week 1 week 4 weeks 500 items
Alumni & other
Special Users
4 weeks 1 week 1 week 4 weeks 25 items

*Unless recalled earlier

Loan periods for reserve materials vary based on the determination of the professor for the class for which the material is reserved. All other library materials are non-circulating, meaning they are not allowed to leave the building.

We strongly advise against loaning your library materials to others. Allowing someone else to use your ID card is prohibited by Drake University policy. All financial responsibility for library materials rests with the person whose ID card was used to check the items out. If you lose or misplace your ID card, contact the Student Life Center (515-271-3711) immediately to deactivate your card and get a new one.

Regardless of the borrower’s status and length of the original loan period, all items are subject to recall after three weeks if needed by another patron, or immediately when needed for Reserve. For details, see the policies governing recalled items.

Renewals

You may renew your items at the Ask Here Desk or Main Circulation Desk by telephone (515-271-2111), by emailing circulation@drake.edu, or online.

You may not renew items if they have been requested by another patron. Please review the complete renewal policy for more details.

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