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Borrowing Cards, Privileges & Website


When you're looking for an audio book, a new best seller, or a foreign language magazine that you can check out, take a look at the CPL@Case-KSL satellite collection.  A 2006 collaboration between the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and Case's Kelvin Smith Library, the collection is designed for Case faculty, students, and staff  and features the popular literature and formats found in neighborhood libraries and favorite bookstores.

It's easy to visually scan the shelves & find something new—enjoy contemporary works from our library partner!

Find the popular book lists & other features of this collection on the CPL@CASE-KSL website.

Borrowing, Returning, and Privileges...

More Than Best-Sellers!


Look to your right when you enter KSL—towards the reading alcove near Thwing Center. You'll find shelves with audio books, fiction & non-fiction books, biographies, best-sellers & more...tall wood display shelves have CPL popular magazines on food, sports, home decoration, news, remodeling, and entertainment. KSL's famous comfortable seating next to the collection makes it easy to find something and spend some time reading for fun. Best of all, you can find it and check it out right from the CPL@Case-KSL collection area!

  • Checkout all books, audiobooks & magazines from the CPL@Case-KSL collection
  • A CPL selfcheckout computer is adjacent to the collection's bookshelves:
    • Use a CPL (or Greater Access CPL) library card to check out these materials,
    • Or, KSL library staff can check them out for you on a live CPL connection at the KSL Main Service Desk.
  • Get a CPL Greater Access library card at the KSL Main Service Desk
    • Note: If you are nrolled and/or employed at Case, KSL staff can issue you a CPL card while you are in the library. (Family members of Case individuals & others should have their CPL cards issued at their neighborhood CPL branch or any of the CPL libraries.)
    • KSL library staff will verify your Case status (enrolled or employed), a current address with a valid driver's license or state photo ID, and will then issue your CPL card.
    • KSL staff can also verify the status of a CPL card you may already have, and update the card for you.

CPL@Case-KSL Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges for the CPL@Case-KSL collection are very similar to those for Case and OhioLINK materials:

  • Library cards must be in good standing to have borrowing privileges
  • All borrowers are responsible for materials borrowed on the card (fines and lost/billed items block privileges)
  • Loan period: 3 weeks for most materials, unless otherwise indicated
  • Renewals: up to 3x
  • Sign up for email CPL notices at Net Notice to stay current on your CPL account & receive overdue reminders

Returning CPL Items

  • Return CPL@Case-KSL materials to KSL, to keep them here, and for quick checkin/clearance off of your CPL account
  • CPL items checked out at other CPL sites are best returned to the original site, for good account maintenance (transportation of materials between CPL and KSL is bi-weekly, not daily, and is intended for this CPL@Case-KSL collection)
  • KSL is a satellite location for these CPL materials, and is not a delivery option for the regular CPL collection (continue to select your neighborhood branch library when requesting CPL items)

Additional CPL Card Privileges

A CPL Greater Access card lets you enjoy the CPL@Case-KSL collection, and also to:

CPL@Case-KSL Website — Suggest a Title, Sign Up for New-Arrival Notices!

New CPL materials arrive at KSL regularly, and include foreign language magazines in French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, and others. The CPL@Case-KSL website has more about this satellite collection & services like the email alert notices when new items arrive at KSL. You'll also find book lists for what to read next, best seller lists, book award sites, literary blogs, and suggest-a-purchase forms.

"We're interested in what Case wants to have in this collection, and we'd like your suggestions for favorite authors & titles, subjects, new languages, so we can work with CPL librarians to bring the best to the CPL@Case-KSL collection," says Karen Thornton, KSL Government Documents Librarian and coordinator of the collection.

This partnership between Case and the Cleveland Public Library brings a collection to KSL that is tailored to what you'd like to read. The CPL@Case-KSL website gives you the opportunity to participate in the process!

Services FAQ

Can I print at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL computers link to 2 high speed, high volume printers. All printing costs 5 cents a page, and you can pay with with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills. Printers are on the main floor and second floor, across from the elevators.  For locations, check our Maps.
Can I photocopy at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL photocopiers are on the main floor, third floor, and Lower Level, so you can photocopy books and journals. Copies cost ten cents a page on digital copiers, and you can pay with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills.  For locations, check our Maps.
How do I know what's new and what new books there are?
Read the KSL News Blog for events, services, tools & more, that help you do research. Find it on the library homepage. New Books can either be an RSS alert for your subject area or you can browse the New Books Display on the 1st floor of the Kelvin Smith Library.
Where do I get change? / Is there a Change machine?
Use your ID as your cash, not coins & bills. KSL does not give change & asks you to plan ahead for printing and copying. The copiers & printers take $1 & $5 bills and coins, and will give change for a copy/print when there is suffficient change in the machine. Plan ahead! Activate your CaseOneCard ID if you are a staff member, faculty, or grad student.
Where are the Bathrooms?
KSL bathrooms are on all floors, always behind the elevators.  Check our  for more information.
How do I get a library card?
Your Case ID is your library card if you are enrolled or employed at Case. The first time you use it, staff will swipe it on a library computer to activate your library account and then you can use your ID at any Case library or OhioLINK member library, if your account is in good standing.
Is there a book drop? Is there a drive-up book drop?
KSL has a book drop in the front of the building, under the covered portico, on the Thwing Center side of the Main Doors. Currently, there is no drive-up book drop. The KSL bookdrop is open when there are no Regular Business Hours–when KSL is open, bring your items to the inside book drops. Videos & DVDs must be returned to staff at the Main Service Desk so the are not damaged in bookdrops.
Can I fax something at KSL?
KSL does not have fax services but Thwing Center, next door, does in Printing Services. Stop in weekdays 8-5:30 p.m. for information about fees, etc.
Does KSL have a SelfCheckout Machine? When can I use it?
KSL’s 3M SelfCheckout machine is on the Main Service Desk and can be used whenever you are in KSL! (You must have used your Case ID card at least once before at a Case library for a regular checkout with staff, so your ID data is swiped into the system.) Use SelfCheckout during 24×7, or whenever you need to save time.
Can I checkout the CPL@Case-KSL books and magazines on the KSL SelfCheckout?
Use the CPL SelfCheckout machine nearby the CPL@Case-KSL collections, with your CPL library card. The KSL SelfCheckout machine reads only Case ID cards and Case barcodes.

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