KSL News

Spring 2016

Kelvin Smith Library is a research library that welcomes all visitors with research needs and valid photo identification during Regular Business Hours.  Children under 16 must be accompanied at all times by an adult.  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.  Other extended hours are restricted to individuals from Case, CIM, CIA with their current official institution IDs. Evening access for everyone requires an official photo ID.

Regular Semester Business Hours - CWRU-affiliated Access


KSL Spring hours begin Monday, January 11, 2016 and end Wednesday, May 4th

  • Sunday: 12pm - 12am
  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 12am
  • Friday: 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm

KSL Summer hours begin Thursday, May 5th with an adjustment in hours.  The 24x7 services take a break too and will resume with the Fall 2016 semester.

Summer Hours

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm

*Service desk transactions with library staff end 30 minutes prior to the closing hour  


Regular Semester Business Hours - General Access

ATTENTION:   Effective Nov. 30, 2015 Regular Semester access hours of operation for the general public and 
non-CWRU-affiliated users only:

  • Sunday: 12pm - 8pm.
  • Monday–Friday: 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Summer hours starting Thursday, May 5, 2016

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Community user hours vary during holiday periods, university breaks and the summer. At the noted times, Kelvin Smith Library doors will lock and visitors may return on the next business day.


Freedman Center May hours starting Thursday, May 5, 2016:

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 7:30pm
  • Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm

When Kelvin Smith Library is closed for holidays or breaks, as is the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship.

Cramelot Café
 Regular Semester Hours:   

  • Sunday: 2pm - 9pm
  • Monday - Thursday: 11am - 9pm
  • Friday: 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday: Closed


Library Access Photo ID Requirements

CWRU-affiliated users (faculty, students, staff) are expected to use a current Case ID (i.e., one that is compatible with the swipe/reading system).

For NON-CWRU-affiliated users ONLY, accepted forms of valid photo identification include:

  • CIA ID, CIM ID, or any currently valid student ID from institutions other than CWRU
  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Passport

Regular Business Hours - General Access 
Case Faculty, Students and Staff:
Scan Case ID at the Welcome Desk.
Visitors, CIA & CIM Students: Present valid photo ID at the Welcome Desk.

After Regular Business Hours Access
Case Faculty, Students and Staff:
Scan Case ID at the Main Door and once again at the Welcome Desk.

24x7 Services Access 
Our 24x7 services are open to Case faculty, students and staff, as well as CIA and CIM students, with valid institution IDs. 

Case buildings use automated card-swipe door access during evening hours. KSL's Main Door Intercom provides Visitor access with ID during Regular Business Hours. Evening access for everyone requires an official photo ID.

Telephone Numbers

  • Kelvin Smith Library: 216-368-6500
  • Main Service Desk: 216-368-3506
  • Freedman Center: 216-368-0932
  • Special Collections: 216-368-2993
  • Astronomy Library: 216-368-6701
  • Kulas Music Library: 216-368-2403
  • University Archives (Cedar Ave): 368-3320

About Us FAQ

What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

For further information, contact by email, or call 216-464-4050 x131 or 132.

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