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Who We Are

The Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University has been a congressionally designated federal depository for United States Government publications since 1913. The library selects documents based on the needs of the university community and the congressional district, and presently receives approximately 50% of all publications available through the Federal Depository Library Program. 

The collection is comprised of many types of publications: books, periodicals, technical reports, pamphlets, maps, and a number of electronic sources. The collection is especially strong in law and legislation, foreign affairs, population and demographics, labor and labor history, geology, aerospace, and research and development reports. 

Government Documents are displayed in the Case Catalog, the library's online catalog, for materials from 1976 forward. The collection is organized by the Superintendent of Document's Classification System (Su Doc system). Older documents may be found in the Retrospective Research Collection Center (RRCC). The collection also consists of 7.5 minute topographic maps produced by the U. S. Geological Survey. These are kept in the AW Smith Building on the Case Campus.

For information on how to obtain these materials contact the Government Document's staff.


There is no separate reference desk for government information in the University Library. Basic reference assistance is available at the general reference desk on the first floor of Kelvin Smith Library. Questions will be answered by the staff member on duty, and when appropriate referred to the documents librarian. Research assistance and individual or group consultation on the use of the documents collection and government information is available by appointment. Staff of the Government Document's department welcomes the people of the 11th Congressional District to freely access our collection.


The Government Document's collection is located  on the second floor of the Kelvin Smith Library as are the departmental offices.

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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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