Drake University

Cowles Library

College Library · Drake
Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50311, United States
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  • What you need to know
    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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  • study area
  • reading room
  • quiet
  • coffee
  • books
  • scenic views
  • cheese danish
  • comfortable seats
  • good for a late night
  • basement
  • electronics
  • handcrafted
  • friendly staff
  • Rachel F.

    These hidden rooms are lovely places to get some high quality studying in.

    Rachel Fritz · September 13, 2013
  • samantha o.

    Definitely study in the quiet room... A little loud because of construction but great spot!

    samantha olea · September 13, 2013
  • Sarah L.

    The upstairs is arguably the quietest place on campus...great for focusing without distractions!

    Sarah LeBlanc · September 12, 2013
  • Anna V.

    Study up stairs and get a good view of campus!

    Anna VanWaardhuizen · September 12, 2013
  • Daniel N.

    Go see the sand drawing from the monks before its gone

    Daniel Nutt · September 12, 2013
  • Emily G.

    There are so many nooks and crannies to study in! I always love finding someplace new to study.

    Emily Gregor · September 12, 2013
  • Savana M.

    Starbucks lounge or basement is the best place to study!

    Savana Morrison · September 12, 2013
  • Sydney

    Definitely go to the tables on the top floor beyond the books if you want peace and quiet. The view is a plus!

    Sydney · September 10, 2013
  • Courtney K.

    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.

    Courtney Kalender · September 9, 2013
  • Bryann S.

    Find a nice hidden corner away from everyone else and it's a lot easier to finish all your homework!

    Bryann Sullivan · September 9, 2013
  • Phong D.

    Coffee shop here has delicious cheese danish! Pair it up with a hot coffee and you're good to go!

    Phong Duong · February 7, 2013
  • Michael R.

    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

    Michael Riebel · October 5, 2012
  • Emily L.

    If you need help finding quality articles or research, talk to the reference librarian located in the computer lab. They are really helpful!

    Emily Lee · September 11, 2012
  • Nupur

    The study tables are actually empty and quiet! I love it!!

    Nupur · May 5, 2012
  • Alex H.

    If you are a regular at the library make sure you mean mug the people that steal your regular spot during finals week

    Alex Hoopes · February 1, 2012
  • Sunrita S.

    Don't forget to say Hi! to the friendly staff!! :)

    Sunrita Sen · January 27, 2012
  • Laura J.

    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...

    Laura J. · December 3, 2011
  • Caitlin F.

    You can print black and white from the color printers. No need to wait in line!

    Caitlin Feuer · November 15, 2011
  • Kensie S.

    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.

    Kensie Smith · October 19, 2011
  • Rebecca S.

    Visit Cowles Cafe, main level Cowles Library. The handcrafted coffee beverages are great!

    Rebecca Stamp · September 30, 2011
  • Jon M.

    Sit out front on the tables for some homework (or a good book.) The trees here are perfect distance to setup a hammock.

    Jon McDonald · September 21, 2011
  • Taylor R.

    Use the study rooms in the basement. You get a lot of stuff done without the distractions!

    Taylor Rookaird · September 13, 2011
  • Stephanie C.

    The reading room is the best place to study but it is always closed for special events!

    Stephanie Carr · March 26, 2011
  • Amy R.

    You can't place books on hold. You have to have a librarian do it for you if you are interested.

    Amy Russell · February 9, 2011
  • Kayleigh K.

    Be fun and frugal- check out a new release DVD at the Electronic Media Center on the First Floor!

    Kayleigh K · January 26, 2011
  • Lauren H.

    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.

    Lauren Horsch · December 8, 2010
  • David D.

    Pretty empty this morning. Lots of study space.

    David Dubczak · November 29, 2010
  • Drake University

    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.

    Drake University · September 29, 2010
  • Kelsey J.

    Come early during Pharmacy test weeks. The place is BOOKED. Also great coffee and treats in the group study area coffee shop

    Kelsey Jones · August 31, 2010
  • Erin F.

    bring a sweater. Its always very chilly here!

    Erin Febel · April 5, 2010
  • Daniel L.

    The study rooms in the basement are by far the most peaceful places in the library...If you can get one.

    Daniel Litzenberg · March 11, 2010

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