Drake University

Cowles Library

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Drake, Des Moines
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  • Kelsey J.
    "Also great coffee and treats in the group study area coffee shop"(6 Tips)
    Stephanie C.
    "reading room is the best place"(2 Tips)
    Emily L.
    "talk to the reference librarian located in the computer lab."(2 Tips)
    Courtney K.
    "... the main stairs; it's quiet enough you an concentration but there's..."(7 Tips)
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  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KalenderSeptember 9, 2013
    Best place to study as a first year: A comfy chair under the main stairs; it's quiet enough you an concentration but there's enough people going through the main lobby you won't fall asleep.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RiebelOctober 5, 2012
    The renovated group study/24-hour space is awesome for late night studying. Get an access card for after hours @ library.drake.edu/about-us/after-hours-study
  • Drake University
    Drake UniversitySeptember 29, 2010
    Read all 600,000 print books and journals. Then, get started on the 100,000 federal and state government documents, 777,000 microform records, 118 electronic databases and 22,000 online journals.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HorschDecember 8, 2010
    Hide-away in either the upper or lower levels to get work done. The study cubicles are really good if you can't have distractions.
  • Kelsey J.
    Kelsey JonesAugust 31, 2010
    Come early during Pharmacy test weeks. The place is BOOKED. Also great coffee and treats in the group study area coffee shop
  • Sydney
    SydneySeptember 10, 2013
    Definitely go to the tables on the top floor beyond the books if you want peace and quiet. The view is a plus!
  • Laura J.
    Laura J.December 3, 2011
    The study rooms in the basement aren't sound proof. Thus, you might not want to sing in them, especially if you're a bad singer...
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldSeptember 21, 2011
    Sit out front on the tables for some homework (or a good book.) The trees here are perfect distance to setup a hammock.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LeeSeptember 11, 2012
    If you need help finding quality articles or research, talk to the reference librarian located in the computer lab. They are really helpful!
  • Phong D.
    Phong DuongFebruary 7, 2013
    Coffee shop here has delicious cheese danish! Pair it up with a hot coffee and you're good to go!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LitzenbergMarch 11, 2010
    The study rooms in the basement are by far the most peaceful places in the library...If you can get one.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LeBlancSeptember 12, 2013
    The upstairs is arguably the quietest place on campus...great for focusing without distractions!
  • Bryann S.
    Bryann SullivanSeptember 9, 2013
    Find a nice hidden corner away from everyone else and it's a lot easier to finish all your homework!
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithOctober 19, 2011
    When no one is in the Reading Room late at night, turn up the classical and do pirouettes in the middle of the floor for a study break.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca StampSeptember 30, 2011
    Visit Cowles Cafe, main level Cowles Library. The handcrafted coffee beverages are great!
  • Alex H.
    Alex HoopesFebruary 1, 2012
    If you are a regular at the library make sure you mean mug the people that steal your regular spot during finals week
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RookairdSeptember 13, 2011
    Use the study rooms in the basement. You get a lot of stuff done without the distractions!
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CarrMarch 26, 2011
    The reading room is the best place to study but it is always closed for special events!
  • samantha o.
    samantha oleaSeptember 13, 2013
    Definitely study in the quiet room... A little loud because of construction but great spot!
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FritzSeptember 13, 2013
    These hidden rooms are lovely places to get some high quality studying in.
  • Emily G.
    Emily GregorSeptember 12, 2013
    There are so many nooks and crannies to study in! I always love finding someplace new to study.
  • Kayleigh K.
    Kayleigh KJanuary 26, 2011
    Be fun and frugal- check out a new release DVD at the Electronic Media Center on the First Floor!
  • Caitlin F.
    Caitlin FeuerNovember 15, 2011
    You can print black and white from the color printers. No need to wait in line!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RussellFebruary 9, 2011
    You can't place books on hold. You have to have a librarian do it for you if you are interested.
  • Erin F.
    Erin FebelApril 5, 2010
    bring a sweater. Its always very chilly here!
  • Savana M.
    Savana MorrisonSeptember 12, 2013
    Starbucks lounge or basement is the best place to study!
  • Nupur
    NupurMay 5, 2012
    The study tables are actually empty and quiet! I love it!!
  • Sunrita S.
    Sunrita SenJanuary 27, 2012
    Don't forget to say Hi! to the friendly staff!! :)
  • Daniel N.
    Daniel NuttSeptember 12, 2013
    Go see the sand drawing from the monks before its gone
  • Anna V.
    Anna VanWaardhuizenSeptember 12, 2013
    Study up stairs and get a good view of campus!
  • David D.
    David DubczakNovember 29, 2010
    Pretty empty this morning. Lots of study space.
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