KSL News


Welcome back from Kelvin Smith Library! ‌

Whatever your research, learning or teaching needs may be, Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) has the services and resources to accommodate you. Our world-class collections, technology-equipped classrooms and comfortable meeting areas provide a modern, inviting gathering place for students, faculty, staff and alumni to explore and collaborate. Take a moment to review our services and facilities and learn about what’s new at KSL this year.

Welcome Desk ID Check ‌

The Welcome Desk is located at the entrance of KSL. All users must present a valid photo ID here to enter the library to ensure that KSL is a safe and secure environment. In-depth service questions or needs should be directed to the Service Center.

  • CWRU-affiliated users should use current CWRU ID.
  • Non-CWRU users need to present a valid photo ID.
  • After 8:00pm,all users must scan IDs twice: once to enter the building and again at the Welcome Desk to enter library.

Click here for detailed ID policy information and FAQs.

Service Center‌ ‌

The Service Center is where you should seek hands-on assistance with our expanded array of services. For example, stop by for help with: ‌

  • Research questions
  • Referral to a Research Services Librarian
  • Access to reserved collaboration rooms
  • Guest computing log-in
  • Book, multimedia and equipment check out
  • Copy/print assistance
  • DVD pick up


Hold Items

Pick up your OhioLINK, interlibrary loan and course reserve materials at the Service Center.


Self Check Out

Most circulating items (books, OhioLINK items) can be checked out with our self check out system. You can avoid long lines and check out your items here — all you need is your CWRU ID. Staff assistance and card activation is required for all first-time users.


Equipment Loans ‌

Multimedia equipment available for loan are on display at the Service Center, including laptops, tablets, still and video cameras, audio recorders, headphones and tripods. We have upgraded to offer the iPad 4, HD video cameras, Zoom audio recorders and new GPS devices. New equipment such as laser range finders, Nexus 7 Android Tablets and GoPro cameras are also available. A laptop vending kiosk will allow students to check out Dell or Mac laptops to use within the library 24x7. Some multimedia production machines and flatbed scanners are available just outside the Freedman Center.


Printing Resources ‌

Make color prints for free with Knowta printing! The 8.5”x14” size prints have a micro-perforation to easily remove advertisements from the bottom of the page. A WEPA kiosk has also been installed at KSL. WEPA is a cloud printing network that allows anyone with an internet connection to upload documents and print anywhere a kiosk is located. You can print directly from USB thumb-drives as well. Poster printing services are available at the Freedman Center.


Additional Research Tools

Research services librarians are available 24x7 to provide assistance, whether you’re around campus or around the globe with out ASKSL live chat service! Log on at library.case.edu. If you’re having trouble logging in to any of the machines at KSL or around campus, call the HelpDesk at 216.368.HELP. Can’t find the materials you are looking for at KSL? The Search Ohio and OhioLINK consortiums provide access to items in the collections of member public libraries and Ohio’s college and university libraries.


Collaboration Rooms ‌ ‌

Collaboration rooms on KSL’s third floor and lower level are available 24x7 for group study. The rooms feature wall-mounted 42” LED TVs and whiteboards to accommodate collaborative work. Click here for more information and to make a room reservation.


Cramelot Café

Check out our café located on the first floor. It serves menu items such as coffee, energy drinks, salads, sandwiches and more. Cramelot Café is a great place to grab a bite or just relax.


The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

With state-of-the-art equipment, the Freedman Center is your stop for in-depth multimedia and digital scholarship support. Services such as poster printing, large format scanning and GIS support are also available at the Freedman Center. For more information, click here.



A partnership between the Cleveland Public Library and KSL provides a selection of bestsellers, popular magazines and audio books for our library users. The collection may be borrowed with a Greater Access library card, which you may obtain at KSL.


Graduate Student Research Commons

The Research Commons on the second floor is a quiet study area reserved for graduate students and faculty only. The room contains comfortable furniture and whiteboards. Undergraduate students seeking additional quiet study space should check out Hatch Reading Room, also on KSL’s second floor.


Writing Center

An outpost of the Writing Center is located in KSL room 103, just outside of the Freedman Center. Click here for details and to schedule an appointment.


KSL Active & Quiet Areas ‌‌

The first floor of KSL is a place for people to work, gather and interact. Those seeking a quiet environment will find it on the second and third floors. The higher the floor in KSL, the quieter it will be.


Personal Librarian Program for First-Year Students ‌

Kelvin Smith Library’s Personal Librarian program is back this year, complete with new features and improvements. KSL introduced the program last fall to provide all incoming first-year students with their own Personal Librarian (PL) to serve as their point of contact with the library. PLs can help students find their way around the library, assist with research, answer library-related questions and more. For more information, click here.


Collection Shift

As part of an effort to return more monographs to KSL, several collections, such as reference books and play scripts, were relocated on the library’s first floor, and current issues of print journals were consolidated. Oversize books are now conveniently located on the first floor as well. Microfilm has also moved to a new spot on the first floor and is now housed on proper shelving. If you need assistance locating a particular collection, please inquire at the Service Center.


KSL Connects

Looking to find out more about KSL? From the latest in KSL's digital scholarship efforts to alumni news, collection updates and more, the latest issue of KSL Connects is available for online viewing. Take a moment to browse magazine stories by article to stay up-to-date on the exciting programs and innovative services that make KSL a library of the 21st century. Click here to view KSL Connects today.

For additional information about Kelvin Smith Library's facilities and services, visit library.case.edu or call 216.368.6500.

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