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Multimedia Equipment: Borrowing, Renewals, Fines & Fees


Through the Service Center, the Freedman Center provides high-quality, user-friendly multimedia equipment for lending that can be used to create or enhance a class project or simply for your own personal projects. We offer equipment including (but not limited to) still and video digital cameras, audio recorders, iPads, digital headsets, Dell laptops, and much more. CWRU students, faculty, and staff and CIM students and staff are welcome to borrow multimedia equipment with a current ID and library account that is not blocked due to fines.

Extending Device Loans

Most multimedia equipment can be borrowed for 2 nights, while some items lend for a few hours. This equipment cannot be renewed in the traditional manner.

Borrowers who wish to extend the due date of multimedia equipment must come in person to the Service Center with the device and any related accessories.  Borrowers may then check-in and then check back out the item(s) again. However, due to the limited number of each device available CWRU students, faculty, and staff, if another of the same item is unavailable for check out, we cannot allow for an additional loan period until the next day. We do not place holds on or reserve multimedia equipment.


Be sure to ask at Service Center upon checkout if you are unsure of an item’s length of loan or check your library account to make certain multimedia equipment is not returned late to avoid fines.

  • Devices, 2-night loan:  $5.00 per day late
  • Accessories for devices, 2-night loan: $2.00 per day late
  • Devices, hourly loan: $5.00 per hour late

Damage and Replacement Fees

Borrowers assume the responsibility of keeping items secure and in proper working and physical condition throughout the time of loan. Each piece of multimedia equipment is inspected by staff upon return. If damage is suspected, the borrower will be notified regarding any further action to be taken in replacing parts of or the entire device.  Costs will vary.

A replacement fee will be assessed for multimedia equipment that is damaged beyond repair, lost, or stolen equal to the item’s original price plus the cost of processing and billing. As the cost of each device varies, so does the replacement fee. We will not accept a substitute for equipment purchased by the borrower.

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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