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Adelbert College of Western Reserve University...will be opened for the reception of students in Cleveland, on September 7th, 1882...The Institution occupies ample grounds on Euclid Avenue...opposite Wade Park. This is the most beautiful and healthy part of the city, and is entirely free from all the ordinary vices and temptations which are usually found in a city... There will be two large buildings...one large stone structure containing chapel, library, laboratories and lecture-rooms, and a large dormitory with a refectory attached.
-Adelbert College Catalogue, 1882
The College for Women of the Western Reserve University was opened in the year 1888-89, but at the beginning of the year now closing, the College occupied for the first time its own buildings. Clark Hall and Guilford Cottage are proving themselves admirably adapted to the purposes for which they were built. They also are regarded as representing a large value for their cost.
-Western Reserve University Annual Report, 1893
Haydn Hall...is proving itself of the greatest usefulness. About half of the space of the building is used as a dormitory...The remaining part is used as a room for study for the benefit of students living in town and also as a dining room for the residents, and a parlor for the four undergraduate classes.
-Western Reserve University Annual Report, 1903
The halls of residence are Guilford House and Flora Mather House...Both houses are well warmed, lighted, and ventilated...The table of each hall is excellent and well served. The aim of the housekeeping is to make the surroundings as home-like as possible...The price of board and rooms is $300.00 for the year.
-Western Reserve University Catalogue, 1914
...the Selective Service Act...authorized the raising and maintaining by voluntary induction and draft, a Students Army Training Corps...All students who entered the American colleges in the autumn of 1918...being 18 years of age and of physical fitness, became by their entrance, soldiers of the United States...All of these soldier students...were required to live in barracks provided by the college and to have their meals at a common mess.
-Western Reserve University Annual Report, 1919
Nurses are our workers in the most important field of human endeavor - the restoration of health, the saving of life...To give them decent and comfortable living quarters is something more than humanitarian. It is necessary if they are to have the rest required to enable them always to give their best efforts.
-The Medical Center, ca.1928
The Karl Davis Memorial Field house...is a model in every respect. Built to house the varsity teams primarily, it was enlarged during the planning stage to include a boys' dormitory accommodating seventy-two students.
-Voice of Reserve, 1948
  Western Reserve, as many other leading universities, will have a trailer camp within its domain...as long as emergency housing measures are necessary. The University will provide the land, rent free...Each trailer will be provided with a sewer, water and electricity. Two semi-trailers have been procured. One will serve as a sanitary disposal unit, the other as a laundry.
-Reserve Tribune, 1947
"This morning we mark the beginning of the end of the streetcar era at Case," T. Keith Glennan said today as ground was broken for the first dormitory in the history of Case Institute of Technology.
-Cleveland Press, 1950
Claud Foster Dormitory...has been occupied throughout the entire college year. The students who reside there have found the building most convenient and comfortable, and the demand for these housing facilities substantially exceeds the capacity of the building. I am confident that having a substantial part of the freshman class of Adelbert College living together in this handsome building has had a very beneficial result on student spirit.
-Western Reserve University Annual Report, 1954
Case Institute of Technology's new 300-man dormitory, Pardee Hall, was dedicated in May, 1957. The new dorm is visible from Euclid Avenue as the first building along the Case-Western Reserve University boundary line.
-Case Alumnus, 1957
With Western Reserve University rapidly emerging from a street car college to, as TIME magazine recently described it, a 'take-off' university, or a university standing on the threshold of becoming one of the nation's great centers of learning, adequate housing becomes increasingly vital.
-Housing Worthy of a Great College, 1963
  The goal is to provide a place where each student can live and work under conditions of reasonable comfort and privacy, while enjoying a rich association with other students who, like himself, are learning to be not only outstanding scientists and engineers, but also mature men and good citizens.
-The Murray Hill Residence Quadrangle, 1965
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Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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