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Visitor Privileges


Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) welcomes individuals who have personal research needs and offers the collections for browsing, reading, photocopying, and scanning. Access to KSL materials, computers, network and building resources is a privilege. Acceptable Use Policy applies to all visitors. Not all KSL resources are available for visitor use.


Library Building Access


KSL is open to community visitors (those without current CWRU, CIA, or CIM IDs) during designated hours throughout the week. See the KSL hours page or call the KSL Service Center at 216-368-3506 for current visitor access hours. Please note that Library hours may be reduced during holidays and academic break periods. In accordance with KSL’s ID Policy, all visitors must present a valid photo ID at the door in order to enter the building.

Note: University policy requires that individuals 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the library. Unaccompanied minors needing assistance with government information or government publications should contact a Research Services Librarian or staff at the Service Desk prior to visiting the library.


Computer Access


There are four designated computers available for visitor access at KSL. Visitors are allowed 60 minutes of computer use per day. CWRU alumni are allowed 120 minutes per day. To login to a computer, visitors will need to visit the KSL Service Center and present their photo ID. Visitor computers shut down 30 minutes prior to the end of visitor access hours for the day. Login access ends 60 minutes prior to the end of visitor access hours for the day.

General Library Privileges


  • Computers in the Library are for educational research purposes and library resources are not to be used for commercial endeavors. Electronic content licenses are for personal educational use only.
  • Remote access to electronic content is currently restricted to CWRU faculty, students, and staff. Visitors may use designated visitor computers at CWRU libraries to view electronic content.
  • wepa Print Network is the printing option at KSL. Printing payment may be made at the wepa kiosk with credit/debit card (with service fee), or a reusable $5 wepa card (pre-loaded with $5 in printing credit) may be purchased with cash only.
  • Visitors may use library materials within the library - though some in-house resources carry restrictions
  • Please come prepared for your research copying and printing - the Library does not provide change.
  • Free scanning to email or USB drive is also available.
  • Please note that Library overnight hours, during the Fall and Spring semesters, are restricted to current CWRU students, faculty, and staff only.


General questions may be directed to the Kelvin Smith Library Service Center 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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