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Acceptable Use Policy

Access to Kelvin Smith Library information materials, computers, network, and building resources is a privilege granted to Case registered students, faculty, alumni, and staff.

The Library also welcomes authorized, affiliated users and guests whose needs for access reflect the educational and research mission of the University and whose usage does not interfere with access by Case students, faculty, and staff.  As a depository of government publications, KSL staff will make accommodation for non-affiliated users needing access to online US government publications.

General Guidelines

Children under 16 years old must be supervised at all times by a parent or legal guardian.

All individuals should be prepared to present identification at any time.

This Policy applies to all library users, whether or not they are affiliated with the university. All individuals are responsible for their actions and are accountable for their conduct.

All individuals are expected to show restraint in the use of shared resources, and to demonstrate consideration for others' information needs.

To provide a secure research environment for all library users, library staff or Case Security are authorized to:

  • request current identification of any person in the library
  • question any person if it appears that this Policy or Case policies are being disregarded, and to call for other assistance if necessary
  • limit or revoke library privileges at any time if policies are disregarded 

Unacceptable Use

Unacceptable uses include but are not limited to the following:

  • using resources for any purpose which violates federal or state laws
  • using resources for unauthorized commercial purposes
  • using resources in a manner that is disrespectful or intimidating to others
  • engaging in behavior that disrupts the activities or safety of others
  • damaging or removing materials, furnishings, or any structure of the building
  • wasting networked resources (monopolizing computers, excessive printing)
  • loitering
  • engaging in game-playing or other electronic activities not directly related to research, particularly when it dominates resources needed by other users.

The Library maintains the right to restrict the access of any person who abuses these guidelines. Persons who violate this policy may also be subject to disciplinary or legal actions. 

Acceptable Use Guidelines for the use of information resources are derived from current University policy*, legal considerations, and standards of decency and common sense that apply to the use of shared resources. These guidelines reflect the goal to maintain Kelvin Smith Library as an effective and valuable information resource for the Case community.

* CWRU Acceptable Use of Computing and Information Technology Resources

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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