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Externally Funded Post-Doctoral Library Privileges

Library privileges are extended to you when you are a Post-Doc working on a Case research project. Frequently, your status is unknown to the Case Libraries if you are externally  funded, or if you are no longer enrolled or employed at Case.

You can enjoy borrowing and research privileges to support your project, once library staff create an updated library account for you. With a library account, you'll have access to the collections at all campus libraries, as well as the collections of OhioLINK member institutions.

To create your account, we'll enter general contact  and sponsoring department information into our online system. We can help you get started with information about the Case libraries, services, and resources for your research!

Request An Account:

Requests for Post-Doc library accounts are generally completed within 24 hours or less, weekdays. Staff will create your account M-F during regular business hours and will confirm your account & library privileges with an email message.


Research Databases & Journals

If you are on campus and working in an office or in one of the libraries, you'll have automatic access to licensed library resources. If you are working remotely, or using a wireless laptop and need access to licensed library resources you'll need an authorized, activated VPN connection.

It's easy to determine whether or not you're on an authorized connection--use the Kelvin Smith Library homepage at http://library.case.edu and look for the Green Light 'network active' icon on the upper right of the page. If you see a Red Light 'not active' icon, launch your VPN application and sign on with network credentials. If your status does not include VPN access, you're welcome to use computers at any of the Case Libraries.

Library Services

Your Case library account status also gives you access to other library services like the  Freedman Center in KSL, and free classes through CaseLearns.  Depending on the subject area of your research project, your "home library" and reference subject-specialists might be at the Health Center LibraryKelvin Smith LibraryLaw Library, or the MSASS Harris Library.


We're happy to answer any inquiries or comments, at smithcontact@case.edu. We look forward to talking with you.

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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