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Driving to Campus & the Library

Welcome to Case and the Kelvin Smith Library! The library entrance is on Euclid Avenue, one of the country's oldest urban boulevards. KSL is at the intersection of Euclid Avenue & East Boulevard, next to Severance Hall, home of the renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

KSL welcomes individuals who have personal research needs.  We offer on-shelf collections for browsing, reading, and photocopying. Our primary mission is to support the teaching and learning activities of the Case faculty, staff, and students, and while the majority of our computers require the Case network ID  logon, we reserve some Guest computers for your research needs. The Guest computers have time limitations to ensure availability for all visitors. More information is on this page about evening access, hours, and using the collections.


11055 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7151

Directions &  Local Transportation

KSL is directly east of downtown Cleveland, approximately 10-15 minutes by car or public transportation.

Directions to the Campus - bus routes,  printed maps, mobile maps on the bottom of this Campus Map page help you decide on local options for visiting campus. This map shows the library in relation to Euclid Avenue & the surrounding University Circle streets and intersections.

  • The Library on the Campus Building Map - KSL is on the upper left quadrant, next to Severance and across from the Museum of Art & Lagoon. Use the Allphabetical List on the page's right side and select "Kelvin Smith Library," or select the Parking Lot link. Lot 29 is an hourly garage underneath KSL, and it is shared by the Cleveland Orchestra.
  •  Local transportation includes University Circle shuttle bus systems throughout the neighborhoods, local buses,  the Euclid Avenue HealthLine, with its hybrid vehicles (downtown to University Circle),  and light rail options that serve the campus area.


Kelvin Smith Library is known as  the Heart of the Campus and has metered street parking on surrounding streets. A well-marked parking garage is underground, with an entrance off of East Boulevard. The attended garage is between Severance Hall and the Library, and it has hourly fees. An elevator near the glass Security Booth takes you to the plaza level and the main entrance of the library.

Parking is also available in visitor lots throughout the university and at nearby museum and hospital lots.

Evening Access


Campus building doors operate via card-access in the evening. Everyone is required to have and show a current photo ID. Case is a private institution in an urban area, and ID entry assures everyone of a secure, quiet evening environment, with other researchers.

  • Case individuals use their Case IDs in the card readers.
  • Visitors are welcome during defined general access hours.  All visitors are required to show a photo ID as you enter.
  • Note: University policy requires that children 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the library.  Unaccompanied minors needing assistance with government information or government publications should contact a Research Services Librarian or staff at the Service Desk prior to visiting the library.

Library Hours


Library hours vary with the academic calendar and change during breaks, interim sessions, and holidays. Please check ahead before visiting the library. Visitors are welcome during defined general access hours; all other hours are reserved for enrolled and employed individuals and visitors are welcome to return the next business day.

Using the Collections


Visitors are welcome to come to the library and browse the collections. More information about  working in the library includes details about access, computer and equipment use, and visitor borrowing privileges

The Main Service Desk 216-368-3506 welcomes your general inquiries, and we also answer general Comments & Questions  from the Contact Us  links on the library website, in the page footer or upper left corner.

Visitor Computing Policy


Visitors using the KSL public workstations must present a valid photo ID (no-exceptions) and must sign the log-in sheet and read the Acceptable Use Policy located at the main Service Desk.

  • There is a 1-hour time limit per day for public workstion acccess
  • Be advised that the workstation will automatically log out at the end of a 60 minute session
  • An alert message will inform the user that there is 5 minutes left before session time-out

CWRU affiated users with an official CWRU ID (CIM,CIA,ELS and Alumni) who do not have a Case network ID or password to login into the secured workstations are provided with 2-hour guest computing access.

Visiting faculty and students with valid institutional ID will be given 2-hour guest access.


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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Kelvin Smith Library | 11055 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106-7151 | 216-368-3506