Now that spring semester is underway,

take a moment to review some of the latest resources and useful spaces available to you at Kelvin Smith Library! From new equipment and services to upcoming workshops and events, KSL has a little something for everyone, no matter what your research, study or teaching needs may be.


Laptop Vending Kiosk

Take advantage of the laptop-lending kiosk now available at KSL. Conveniently located on the first floor near the Service Center, the self-service laptop kiosk allows CWRU students and faculty to check out Dell or Apple laptops for up to three hours of use within the building.

Additions to the Freedman Center

KSL is in the process of installing two new features of the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship. The Collaboration Corner will be a new space for students or faculty to collaborate using wireless display technology. The space will enable users to switch between showing a single desktop and displaying up to four desktops simultaneously.

A new Video Studio will also be located inside the Freedman Center. Designed for one or two onscreen participants, the studio contains a camera, high quality lapel microphones, lighting and a teleprompter, as well as black, gray, chromatic blue and green screen backdrops. The studio is being designed as a place to record and go!

KSL Shuttle Stop

Save time and stay safe with the new campus shuttle stop located directly outside of the front entrance to KSL. You can even view when the next shuttle will arrive on the screen inside the library’s front doors. The shuttle will pick up and drop off at the other regular evening campus shuttle stops. The KSL Shuttle Stop will be serviced:

Service Center ‌

The Service Center, centrally located on KSL's first floor, is your one-stop-shop for book checkout, reserve material and interlibrary loan checkout, media, equipment and DVD checkout, research questions, account inquiries and more. New lighting highlights the Service Center desk as the place to seek hands-on assistance with our expanded array of services. Look out for other additions coming soon, including an equipment display counter that allows library users to view and test equipment available for loan.

Legos @ KSL

They’re not just for kids! Take a break from your studies and have a little fun with KSL’s new Lego block sets. Find one of the blue bins on the first floor and put your construction skills to the test!

Enhanced CPL Collection

A partnership between the Cleveland Public Library and KSL provides a selection of bestsellers, magazines and audiobooks for our library users. KSL recently reconfigured the space next to Cramelot Café to feature a new station to browse CPL materials and an events & services display monitor. Children’s books are now also available for faculty and grad students who have children, as well as anyone who wants to take a moment to read something fun. Sign up today for a Greater Access card at the Service Center to begin borrowing from the CPL collection.

Language Learning Software Loan

Pimsleur® language learning software is now available for one-week loan at the Service Center. Offering over 15 different languages, the system has been trusted for 50 years by government agencies, corporations and anyone who wants to learn to speak a language quickly and effectively. Learn more at

Second Floor Renovations

During fall semester, sample furniture was placed on KSL's second floor for the purpose of collecting input from students about their preferences. Based on this feedback, KSL is moving forward with a renovation that will satisfy many of the comments. The renovation will include replacing current furniture with a variety of new ergonomic chairs, tables, ottomans and other casual seating, and will result in an increased number of available seats overall. All of the furniture will also be mobile to offer increased flexibility in rearranging furniture to meet different needs. Renovations are scheduled to be completed before the end of spring semester.



Extended Loan Period for Grad Students

In response to requests from the Graduate Student Senate, KSL welcomes graduate students to borrow Kelvin Smith Library print materials for an entire semester. Graduate students may now borrow KSL print materials for the duration of one semester (fall, spring, summer session) until a fixed due date each semester. This graduate student semester loan also allows for one online renewal. All loans are subject to recall anytime.

The graduate loan due date for KSL print material this semester is May 15, 2014. For more information, please contact staff at the Service Center at 216.368.3506.

Research Commons

The Research Commons on KSL’s second floor is an additional study area reserved for graduate students and faculty. Equipped with comfortable furniture and mobile whiteboards, the Research Commons is a quiet environment for study, research collaborations or social interactions. Graduate students, postdocs and faculty can gain access by scanning CWRU ID at the door.

OhioLINK & Interlibrary Loan Department Office Delivery

KSL will again offer a service to deliver physical materials borrowed from OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan to a secured location designated within departmental offices. This service is offered to academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management. Delivery will occur five days per week, usually within one business day, after KSL receipt. Click here to view requirements and guidelines and to opt in to this service.


Register for Free CaseLearns Workshops

The schedule for the spring 2014 CaseLearns workshops is now available. All students, alumni, faculty and staff members are eligible to register for these free workshops held at Kelvin Smith Library. Some of this semester’s workshops include:

Registration is required for all workshops at Full course descriptions and course calendars can be found at the webpage as well. For more information, contact

The Art of Julian Stanczak: Substance and Illusion

Wednesday, March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the KSL Art Gallery


Join us for the opening reception of Substance and Illusion, the third installment in KSL’s exhibition series of the art of Julian Stanczak. A pioneer in the Op Art movement of the 20th century, Stanczak’s work has been exhibited extensively around the world and is represented in more than 85 museums and 100 public collections. "Substance and Illusion" will be on display through March 28.

History of the Book: From Clay Tablets to Electronic Tablet

On display now now through Friday, March 21, in KSL's Hatch Reading Room

KSL invites you to "History of the Book: From Clay Tablets to Electronic Tablet," an exhibit that explores not only of the physical evolution of the book, but its development as a cultural artifact. Curated by Robert H. Jackson, Kelvin Smith Library’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar, the exhibit includes representative books and manuscripts from the 13th through the 20th centuries from around the globe.

The Man, The Movement, The Marches:

Photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On display now through Friday, February 28, at the KSL Art Gallery

KSL is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that highlight his visits and interactions in Cleveland, on loan from the Cleveland Press Collection at Cleveland State University. The exhibition features images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. enjoying his family, engaging various leaders and activists, as well as marching for Civil Rights.

Sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library and Cleveland State University’s Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center.


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