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You can make a difference! Help keep the Kelvin Smith Library's collections in good condition!

It's easy to help stop preventable damage to the collection by using common sense when handling books and other library materials:

  • Remove books from the shelf by grasping both sides of the center of their spines instead of pulling them out by the top (headcap). Push the 2 books on either side of the one you want "in" slightly; then grip your book by the sides to remove it from the shelf. This will prevent the tops of the books from tearing.


  • Photocopy or take notes to preserve the clarity of the printed page for others to use. Do not underline, highlight or write in library materials.
  • Apply the least possible pressure to the spine when photocopying a book.
  • Use the free plastic library bags offered at the library's Main Service Desk to transport library materials and protect them from the elements. Books jammed into backpacks or book bags suffer weakened spines, damaged covers, and torn pages.
  • Place library materials out of the reach of small children and pets.
  • To prevent serious insect and rodent infestations, observe the Library's Food and Drink policy. Protect your materials!
  • After snacking in the library or at home, wash and dry your hands before handling library materials.
  • Clean up your space after eating in the library; throw waste products in the trash and clean up crumbs. Remember to use the recycle bins for paper, plastic, aluminum and glass!
  • Vandalism is a crime. Protect materials and your library privileges by NEVER tearing or slicing-out pages or removing any other part of the library's books and journals. Avoid underlining, highlighting or writing in books. Remember, you are borrowing library materials and they will be used by others. Instead, PLEASE PHOTOCOPY, SCAN, OR TAKE NOTES!
  • When photocopying pages, use as little pressure on the spine of the book as possible to get a clear copy. Our copy machines are designed to copy into the margin with little spine pressure. If you can not make copies without damaging the book or the material is too big or fragile, please contact the Preservation Department (368-3465) or staff at The Freedman Center to copy the material on the KIC overhead scanner, which allows items to be scanned face-up with out causing any damage to the materials. We can then print-out the images for you or provide them to you on your jump drive.
  • Use thin paper bookmarks (instead of pencils, etc. or bending page corners) to mark your place. Please do not use Post-it notes as some adhesive remains on the paper and causes damage. Never use paper clips as they damage the pages and become rusty! Do not put thick bunches of papers in books because this causes damage/breaking of their binding.
  • Never touch the surface of a CD or DVD; handle only by the edges or the center hole.


  • Make sure that you have properly placed the DVD or CD flat in the playing device before pushing it in. Do not force it in if there is any resistance.
  • Place CDs and DVDs back in their protective cases when not in use. Never leave them lying around as they are easily scratched and corrupted.
  • Do not leave DVDs or videotapes on your car dashboard or back window for long periods of time as they are adversely affected by heat. Do not put them on warm radiators or on top of stoves.
  • Give damaged library materials to Access Services staff and ask them to route to Preservation.
  • Handle all library materials gently- and you will be helping the next person who needs to use them.

Your help is appreciated!



(216) 368-3465 M-F between 8AM-4PM

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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.

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