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We've built the library of the future. Now it's time to consider the future of the library.

Why Give to the Library?

The Kelvin Smith Library is where our students come to study, research, collaborate and get hands-on experience using digital tools and technologies. KSL makes knowledge accessible to current and future generations by obtaining and preserving information using our digital and physical resources.

Your gift, whether it is through the Imagine Fund, a planned gift or a major gift, is essential in enabling us to continue our mission to purchase new content, update our facilities and develop programs and services to respond to the changing needs and expectations of our user community.


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Digital Learning and Freedman Student Fellowships
The recently expanded Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship combines traditional methods of research with new technologies to advance research and educational processes. The Freedman Student Fellowships is a new endowment that provides direct grants and employment to students in the digital scholarship field. Students receive paid internships to either work on faculty or staff digital projects or apply for grants for research related to digital scholarship. Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison have committed $250,000 to initiate a new endowment for this fellowship with a challenge to secure matching funds within the next 3-5 years.

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Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives provide access to the Library’s unique materials, including rare books, manuscripts and photos with an emphasis on the history of science and technology, performing arts, architecture and urban planning. Notable recent acquisitions include “On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres,” the second edition of Nicolaus Copernicus’ revolutionary theory that the planets revolved around the sun and not the earth, and “The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmark” by Edward Gordon Craig, one of only 322 handmade copies of this work in existence.

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The Imagine Fund
The Imagine Fund supports KSL with strategic, immediate priorities, ongoing operations and exploring new opportunities. The Imagine Fund is essential to meet not only today’s most pressing needs may but also tomorrow’s future needs. This fund gives us the flexibility to adapt and direct the resources to where they will do the most good. Examples include: the conversion of text, images and audiovisual materials into digital form to provide access to students, alumni and researchers; cataloging and digitizing the complete back files of all generations of student newspapers, more than 100 years of documents from the Cleveland Play House and the history of the University and its archives, among others.

General Collections
Support for the purchase of print books, digitized books and newspapers, and electronic journals that are aligned to reflect the areas with the most user needs, including content to support research in all disciplines, such as journals, books, databases and literature for SAGES and other general knowledge courses.

Student Spaces
Donor support enables KSL to focus on creating warm, inviting and effective spaces where our students and faculty can explore rich content and receive an abundance of services that are easy to obtain and use. The creative use of space, furniture and technology and enhanced learning and social environments reflects a library that caters to different learning styles and research needs.

Exhibits and Community Involvement
The KSL exhibit program serves as a visual engagement and physical access point for KSL and utilizes images, texts, artifacts, artworks and multimedia objects to communicate with the viewer both on campus and with a special exhibit at the Cleveland Playhouse. The CPH exhibit highlights selected items from the 1,000 boxes of archival records housed in Special Collections at KSL. Support for these initiatives will enable KSL to make these resources available for research and community consumption.

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How to Give

  • Creadit Card Online: Donate now on our secure website.
  • Check: Please make checks payable to Case Western Reserve University and send to Kelvin Smith Library, ATTN: Christine Klecic, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7151 and indicate to which fund you wish to support.
  • Over the Phone: Contact Christine Klecic, Development Director, at 216-368-3510 to make a gift by credit card.
  • Matching Gifts: Check the Matching Gifts Program to see if your employer or your spouse’s employer will match your gift.
  • Make a tribute gift in honor of or in memory of a loved one: Please let us know the name of the person you are memorializing or honoring and a family contact name and address (for memorials), or the individual's name and address (for honorary gifts) so that they may be notified.
  • Matching Gifts: Check the Matching Gifts Program to see if your employer or your spouse’s employer will match your gift.
  • Payroll Deduction:If you are an employee of Case Western Reserve University, you may have an automatic deduction from your paycheck monthly.  Print out and submit the Payroll Deduction Form  to the address provided.
  • Make a long term commitment to KSL: Support KSL with a legacy gift that can also provide you with tax savings. A planned gift may include bequests, wills, charitable gift annuities, life insurance or retirement plan beneficiary designations. Please follow this link for more information about Legacy Giving options or contact the Planned Giving office at 1.877.477.1143 or giftplan@cwru.edu. If you have already included KSL in your estate plans, please let us know so we can invite you to the Luminary Society to recognize your generosity, and also to ensure the gift will be appropriately stewarded.

    Other Ways to support KSL

    • Gifts of Stocks or Bonds: Donors need to contact their broker stating they want to gift (XXX) shares of (XXXXXX) stock(s) to Case Western Reserve University (Kelvin Smith Library) for this/these purpose(s)________. Donors' brokers should call the University Treasurer's Office at 216.368.3253 or 1.800.315.3863 for DTC transfer instructions.
    • IRA distribution: A direct transfer from your IRA to KSL is another way to make a gift. For more information: https://case.giftlegacy.com/?pageID=158



For More Information on giving to the Kelvin Smith Library please contact:

Christine Klecic | Director of Development | O: (216) 368-3510 | C: (330) 760-1588 | christine.klecic@case.edu




About Us FAQ

What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

For further information, contact by email, or call 216-464-4050 x131 or 132.

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