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Kelvin Smith Library requires all users to scan a valid photo ID at the Welcome Desk as they enter the library. A quick scan of your ID will help to ensure that KSL is a safe and secure environment for all to utilize and enjoy.

CWRU-affiliated users (faculty, students, staff) are expected to use a current Case ID (i.e., one that is compatible with the swipe/reading system).

For Non-CWRU-affiliated users ONLY,accepted forms of valid photo identification include:

  • CIA or CIM ID, or any currently valid student ID from an institution other than CWRU
  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Passport

Library Access Hours & Requirements:

Regular Business Hours - General Access

  • Case Faculty, Students and Staff: Scan Case ID at the Welcome Desk.
  • Visitors: Scan valid photo ID at the Welcome Desk.

Regular Business Hours - CWRU-affiliated Access 

  • Case Faculty, Students and Staff: Scan Case ID at the Main Door and once again at the Welcome Desk.
    Extended hours are restricted to individuals from Case, CIM, CIA with their current official institution IDs.

24x7 Services Access (After Regular Business Hours)
KSL 24x7 services are open only to Case faculty, students and staff, as well as CIA and CIM students, with valid institution IDs. 


1. What led to the implementation of this new policy?  

KSL’s new ID policy is not related to any specific single incident. It is simply a step to increase the safety and security of all of our users. Requiring identification for entry is standard practice for urban private universities across the country. A quick scan of your ID is the most efficient way to help ensure that KSL is a secure environment for members of the CWRU campus and surrounding community to utilize and enjoy.

2. What is considered a valid photo ID?

CWRU-affiliated users are expected to use their current Case ID. For non-CWRU-affiliated users, accepted forms include a CIA or CIM photo ID, any currently valid student ID, driver’s license, state ID or passport.

3. If I lose my Case ID or forget to bring it with me, can I still enter KSL?  

If you don’t have your Case ID, you may use another form of valid photo identification to gain visitor access to KSL. However, at the start of 24x7 services (after regular business hours), only those with a valid Case ID, or CIM & CIA ID, will be permitted to remain in the building. Campus Security will request all individuals to show a valid institution ID at the end of regular business hours.

4. What if my Case ID is very old and does not have an RFID chip in it?

Anyone with an older Case ID (that does not scan in card readers) can still use it at the Welcome Desk to gain access to KSL. Access Services will exchange your old ID for a new one at no cost to you. To get your new ID, you will need to go to Access Services during their regular business hours.

5. What if I don’t have a Case ID?

Non-CWRU visitors will need a valid photo ID to enter KSL. You will have access to the building during defined general access business hours.

6. How long can I remain in the building?  

All visitors are welcome when they scan a valid photo ID during regular business hours. During extended hours and 24x7 services, only those with a valid Case ID, or CIM & CIA ID, will be permitted to remain in the building. Campus Security will request all individuals to show a valid institution ID at the end of staffed business hours.

7. My family is visiting and would like to see the library. Can they be admitted?

All visitors are welcome during the defined general access business hours; they just need to scan a valid photo ID at the Welcome Desk.

8. I have an Alumni Card; will I be permitted to enter the building?

The Alumni Card gives you access to library services, not building entry. To be granted access inside KSL, all users will need to scan a valid photo ID. For more about Alumni Services at KSL, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/alumni/. Alumni do not have 24/7 access to the building

9. How will this rule be enforced?

Library staff will be present at the Welcome Desk during staffing hours. During the evening and overnight hours security will be present.

10. Is information collected from my ID kept private?

The Kelvin Smith Library is committed to protecting user privacy and confidentiality in the normal course of transactions that provide library services. The library staff ethics, principles and practices strive to safeguard your personal information at all times. The library restricts access to your information only to library staff who need it to conduct library business on your behalf. The card reader used by CWRU faculty, staff and students is connected to the university’s database, and library staff does not have access to that information. Information collected from outside visitors will only be retained for a short period of time.

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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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