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Retrospective Research Collections Center

requestformbutton‌‌Collections used less frequently or that require a more controlled environment are housed in an offsite facility and are readily available to CWRU researchers. KSL offers Monday - Friday request and retrieval services. Use the convenient "Request This Item" icon that is on the far right of the item's catalog record.  


Collections and Services

KSL's RRCC houses older materials and/or itemsthat are used infrequently enough to be kept nearby, thus making more space available in the library for new or heavily-used materials. Currently there are approximately 150,000 volumes at the Retrospective Research Collections Center and you'll see their location displayed on the Case Catalog as "RRCC." Collections at the RRCC include but are not limited to:

  • older bound periodicals
  • brittle books
  • government documents
  • Case doctoral dissertations
  • Case masters' theses 10+ years old (sciences, engineering, management)
  • Case masters' theses 20+ years old (humanities, social sciences)
  • less frequently-used monographs.

When what you need is at RRCC, request an article or an item and get it quickly during the week. Request & Retrieval service bring copies and materials back from the RRC to the Kelvin Smith and Kulas Music Libraries every weekday afternoon. (When requests are received by 3 p.m., the materials are back at KSL by approximately 6 p.m. M-F during regular business weeks.) OhioLINK consortium members also can request RRCC books via the OhioLINK Central Catalog.

How To Request Delivery from RRCC


Visit the Retrospective Research Collections Center


Researchers also may make appointments to visit the RRCC to use materials and take advantage of onsite staff assistance. Circulation services, photocopy equipment, staff  and a study room are available.

RRCC is half a mile from the Kelvin Smith Library, in the Case Cedar Service Center, 10620 Cedar Avenue, one block west of the intersection of Stokes Blvd. & East 107th Street. Call 216-368-4319—an appointment is required to enter the building.

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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