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Borrowing Privileges

Case Students, Staff & External Post-Docs 

Your Case ID card is your library card at the libraries of Case, and beyond! Just present your current Case ID card to visit and check out materials.

With your Case ID card and your library account in good standing, you may visit and directly borrow general circulating materials (some exceptions may apply) from:

*Our affiliate Libraries (CIA) share their collections on the Case Catalog and thus OhioLINK considers their items as part of the Case collection (OhioLINK requests are not possible.)  NOTE: You can visit CIA library to borrow directly.

Hours vary widely amongst the libraries of Case - call 216-368-6500 for KSL hours, and always call to verify hours when visiting other libraries. Case libraries, like many other campus buildings, also use card readers in the evening - swipe your ID in the readers at the main door or garage entrance at KSL.

Expand your options

Borrow online, choosing materials from the 45-million item OhioLINK Central Catalog, & specify delivery to the library of your choice. Use OhioLINK when Case materials are checked out or not owned by Case or affiliate library CIA. Delivery is generally 4-5 weekdays days from this award-winning state academic consortium that now includes two public libraries. SearchOhio public libraries partner with OhioLINK to expand your options for even more materials. Order SearchOhio items from the OhioLINK Central Catalog.

Loan Periods & Renewals & Notices

  • Regularly circulating materials from Case libraries:
    • Undergraduate students: 21 days, up to 4 renewals of 21 days each
    • Graduate students: 1 semester (due date falls on fixed date at the end of each semester), up to 2 renewals of 1 semester each
    • Staff: 1 academic year (due date falls on fixed date at the end of each academic year), up to 1 renewal of 1 academic year
  • Videos & DVDs: 7 days, no renewal. Read more about videos & DVDs, where they are, and how to use the QuickList!
  • KSL Wireless iBook laptops at the KSL Freedman Center: 3 hours, no renewal
  • OhioLINK loans: 21 days plus up to 6 renewals of 21 days. (Renewals allowed barring holds or recalls)
  • OhioLINK media: 7 days plus up to 3 renewals. (Renewals allowed barring holds or recalls)
  • SearchOhio books, audiobooks, and music: 21 days plus up to 3 renewals.  (Renewals allowed barring holds or recalls)
  • SearchOhio DVDs: 7 days plus up to 3 renewals.  (Renewals allowed barring holds or recalls)
  • Courtesy Notices are sent via email several days before items are due, to help you manage checked out materials. All system notices are sent to your Case email account. If you use a different email account, please forward your Case account to it so you are always informed. The Libraries are not responsible for courtesy notices that are not received.

Recalls: KSL materials are subject to immediate recall for Course Reserves, and OhioLINK items may be recalled by the owning institution. Courtesy email notices are sent to your Case email account when items are recalled for Reserve. KSL occasionally needs to recall a KSL item for Case researchers if no OhioLINK copies are available. This will only occur if the item has been out for at least 21 days to another Case individual. Recall fines can be significant--please return promptly, if your item is recalled. We'll help you find another copy.


KSL also partners with the Cleveland Public Library for CPL@Case-KSL, a browsing collection of best-sellers, audiobooks, and magazines & more that circulates with a CPL library card. Read more about privileges, policies & services for this collection!

Fines & Fees

Plan ahead, and renew online to avoid fines. At Case, all borrowers are fully responsible for returning or self-renewing materials on time, and for the payment of late fines & replacement fees. Fines and fees are different for Case and OhioLINK materials, and can block your account from further local & OhioLINK borrowing & ILLiad services.

At this time all library Fines & Fees can be paid using Case Cash, Cash or Personal Check.

Courtesy email notices are sent to your Case-assigned email address--you'll get advance courtesy notices before items are due, and overdue notices as soon as one-day overdue. Renew often, and check your account online to avoid fines. With so many options to manage your library materials, you can enjoy materials and always be fine-free! Delinquent accounts are now sent to a collection agency...we'd rather have you use the materials and return on time!

Renew Your Books Online @ Your Library Account

Renew books without coming into the Library! Select View Your Library Record from the Case Catalog, on any campus computer or home computer with internet access. Use your account to renew books, avoid late fines and fees, and track OhioLINK or SearchOhio requested items.

OhioLINK Authentication for Remote Access

VPN from the Case Software Library gives you 100% access to both Case & OhioLINK resources. If you are off campus, or away from VPN access, you can still access many resources through the OhioLINK homepage by authenticating with your Library Account Number and PIN.

General questions may be directed to the Kelvin Smith Library Main Service Desk 216-368-3506 or the Contact Us link on the library website.

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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