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.
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
|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.
Regardless of the borrower’s status and length of the original loan period, all items are subject to recall immediately if a hold is placed by another patron, or immediately when needed for Reserve. For details, see the policies governing recalled items.
You may not renew items if they have been requested by another patron. Please review the complete renewal policy for more details.