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Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Loan

When the items you need are not at Case or OhioLINK, Kelvin Smith Library partners with libraries around the globe to bring you what you need for your work at Case.

OhioLINK Resource Sharing Offers You 45 Million Items

Search a title on the Case Catalog, and if our copy is not available or we don't own it, click the OhioLINK Central Catalog button & the search passes through to the 88-member consortium in Ohio:

  • Order directly from the OhioLINK Central Catalog
  • Designate delivery to the institution and library of your choice
  • Delivery takes approximately 4 weekdays
  • You'll receive a courtesy email notice to pick it up, or you can see it arrive on your library account.

It's fast, and convenient. (If your library acccount is in good standing, you can also visit OhioLINK libraries with your Case ID card and borrow directly.)

When Case doesn't have it, OhioLINK is a fast way to order books & media from the members, and (new in 2007) bound journals from the NE Ohio (OhioLINK) Repository. The consortium catalog includes collections from the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago, and two public libraries: Cuyahoga County Public Library and its 28 branches, and the Columbus Westerville Public Library. New in 2012: SearchOhio, a public library consortium of Ohio expands your library resourcess to millions of public library items that you request the same way you request OhioLINK items. Track your requests on your Case library account.

KSL ILLiad Offers You the Rest

When Case and the OhioLINK Central Catalog don't have what you need, order through KSL ILLiad interlibrary loan services & KSL staff will find it through a network of 60,000 libraries in 112 countries.

  • Logon KSL ILLiad now! Set up an ILLiad web account and access it anywhere, anytime. 
  • Order items you need and can't get locally or via OhioLINK
  • Real-time tracking displays request status, plus request history—convenient for similar citations
  • All articles are delivered  electronically via automated courtesy email notices 
  • Click through it and read your article on your ILLiad account,where it remains for 30 days so you can later read, print, store it for your research. KSL is rapidly and actively building a network of libraries around the world who are also committed to the best practice of electronic delivery, bringing articles to you quickly, wherever you are!

All Case libraries use ILLiad, and KSL ILLiad supports requests from faculty, staff and students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, the Weatherhead School of Management, and Case central administration. Set up an ILLiad account with your 'home' library today!


If you are having trouble with the site take a look at out support page.

OhioLINK questions can be answered at the KSL Main Service Desk at 368-3506, and ILLiad questions can be sent to smithill@case.edu

Libraries are encouraged to check the OCLC Policy Directory for Kelvin Smith Library (CWR) policies and those of the other Case libraries. KSL is an ILLiad/Odyssey library interested in electronic delivery services.

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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