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Videos & DVDs at KSL


KSL has thousands of videos and DVDs for use in the library, to place on Reserve for classes, or to check out for personal use. Faculty members can use the Booking service on the Online Request Forms page to ensure a video or DVD is available for class use.

Where Are the Videos & DVDs?


At KSL, the media collection is stored in secure cabinets, and staff at the Main Service Desk retrieves them for you. Check the Case Catalog to make sure the item is available, write down the item number, and give the number to staff at the Main Service Desk. Or create a list by using the QuickList! to find new items and print the call numbers to give to staff. They will get the item for you!

Borrowing Privileges


The media collection is available for current Case faculty, students, and staff. Current CIA and CIM individuals with full Case privileges, network IDs, and book borrowing privileges have media privileges; some CIA and CIM individuals are restricted. Visitors are encouraged to use their public libraries or commercial rental stores for their media needs.

Loan Periods

  • Videos & DVDs circulate for 7 days, and circulation transactions must be concluded prior to the last 15 minutes of any regular business day's hours. Plan time for staff to retrieve your item, and for circulation transactions, particularly at the end of a business day.
  • Videos & DVDs must be returned on the due date, as they are used in teaching and have definite need-by dates by others. Fines are $5 per day—enjoy these free items for 7 days, and return promptly!

Library Hours are always available on the Hours Hotline at 216-368-6500, on the library doors, or on the library hours page. Read more details about borrowing privileges, fines, and library account privilege on the Borrowing Privileges page. Enjoy!

Identifying Videos & DVDs via the Case Catalog or the QuickList!


Unlike rental stores with many duplicate copies of a title, KSL owns a single copy of thousands of videos. The collection is continually growing, and you can identify items several ways: the Case Catalog or the QuickList feature:

(A) Case Catalog Search for your favorite artist, director, or producer (use an Author search), title of the item, or subject.

  • Refine your search results to media only: click on "Limit/Sort" and select "Material Type" [projected AV].

Example: find videos or DVDs about Paris. Search the "Subject" Paris, then "Limit" to "Material Type" of projected AV. Or, practice your French and find the videos about Paris in the French language: search the same subject, limiting to material type and to language "French."


(B) QuickList for Video & DVDs. QuickList is helpful when you want to create a customized list to browse. Sort the list by type or call number. Select what you'd like to view for your weekend entertainment. Features include:

  • Keep up with new items: select "Date Added" and create a QuickList for items added in the last month, year, or intervals in between.
  • Choose your "Format" preference: search only for DVDs or videos, or both, in one QuickList
  • "Location Held": create a list for media in a specific Case or affiliated library. (Check with each affiliated library for media borrowing privileges, as it varies.)
  • Results: your search displays in 4 columns: Call number, title, format (DVD or video), Location
  • Sort the call number column, to better organize your results and save time at checkout!

Example: Find DVDs with Paris in them, available today at the Kelvin Smith Library. Sort the list by call number so you can give the staff member the list in numerical order, for fast retrieval:

  • Format: DVD
  • Location Held: Kelvin Smith Library
  • Keyword: Paris
  • Click the "call number" column to sort the DVDs
  • Mark what you'd like to see and give it to the Main Service Desk staff member, who will retrieve the title(s) for you.

General questions are welcome at the KSL Main Service Desk - 216-368-3506

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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