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Using Your Online Library Account

Logging in to My Library Account online

You can use My Account (see graphic below) to view and renew materials checked out on your account, or to change your PIN.

Drake Students, Faculty and Staff – As of February 2013, current Drake students, faculty and staff may use your Drake ID and password (instead of Drake ID and PIN) to access My Account online. This is the same password you use to access BlueView and Drake webmail.

Other Users – If you do not have a current University account, you will need your PIN to access My Account online. To get your initial PIN, email your request to, or submit your request via our form on the right side of this page.

Please note that our privacy policies do not allow us to give PIN information over the phone.

Once you have your PIN, go to the Library Catalog and select the My Account link. You can review your account, renew materials, or change your PIN.

Changing your PIN

You may choose any combination of letters and numbers for your PIN. We strongly recommend that you do not use a secure PIN such as your banking or Drake University PIN, because Library staff and student workers will be able to see your PIN in certain screens.

Reviewing your account

The review my account screen displays all the items currently charged to your account, their due dates, and the amount of any fines you may owe. Items you have placed on hold are also listed here. If items are eligible for renewal, you may renew them by selecting the checkbox next to each item you wish to renew and clicking the “Renew Selected Items” button.

Renewing items

The renew my materials screen allows you to select individual items for renewal or to “renew all.” Once you have made your selections and clicked the “Renew Selected Items” button, a new due date and updated renewal count will display. A renewal failure message will display for any items that cannot be renewed.


Location of My Account link

Request Your Library Pin

All library card holders can request their personal identification number (PIN) from Cowles Library. With this number, you can review what books you currently have checked out, check a book's status (due date, recalled, etc.), and renew items within set renewal limits. See the library's policies for information on account usage and renewal limits.

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Drake students, faculty and staff will use their regular Drake ID number. Special users should enter the barcode number on the back of your library card.
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