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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 five years and can be renewed at the end of the five year period.
  • A card allows you access to check out books and other 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 when logged into Library computers.

To get your alumni card, fill out the Application for Borrowing Privileges form. Please allow two to three business days for your card to be processed.  Your card must be shown each time you come to 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

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