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Renew Online @ Your Online Library Account


Extend your borrowing time and also avoid fines - renew online! You can renew books up to 4 times on the Case Catalog at "My Library Account." Sign in with your Case network ID/password if you are enrolled or employed at Case (affiliates & guests without a Case network ID sign in with their library unique identification numbers). Then renew online, check your account, track your OhioLINK orders, and more. Courtesy emails have a link to "Renew" or check your account–click through via email, and your account will always be in good standing for borrowing privileges!

The system sends autmoated courtesy email notices to your @case.edu email account to help you manage your borrowed library materials. All Case borrowers are responsible for returning items by the due date, and for paying overdue and replacement fines. Advance & overdue courtesy email notices help you keep your account in good standing. All delinquent library accounts are sent for collection--enjoy & use borrowed materials responsibly and without cost, through online renewals.

The library is not responsible for late or non-receipt of overdue notices - check your library account online for due dates, and renew if you have not yet done so.

NOTE: Courtesy overdue notices are sent via email to the @case.edu address. Forward your Case email to your service provider, if you use an ISP or other web mail servers. Large commercial ISPs (Juno, Hotmail) may block these system notices. Check your account frequently to stay aware of due dates, etc.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines apply to all borrowers - Faculty, Staff, Students, & Alumni and Individual or Corporate Visitor Borrowers, and delinquent accounts are sent to a collection agency. Manage your library account and your due dates, and remain fine-free!

  • $.25/day/item for most circulating Case items*
  • Videos/DVDs: $1.00 hr, $5.00/day/item *
  • Recalled items: $1.00 per day per item
  • OhioLINK: $.50/day/item
  • OhioLINK: the overdue fee is $50.00 per item, in instances when the item is returned after a $125.00 billed notice is sent. OhioLINK is not a substitute for required textbooks--order a second OhioLINK copy, or return on time. The spirit of OhioLINK resource sharing is to honor the consortium privileges when borrowing other schools' materials.

*Reserve, recalled items, laptops, Bound Journals, and special items may have different loan periods and fines.

Replacement Fees


Replacement copies are not accepted by the library in lieu of the replacement fee. The library & collelction manager reserve the right to determine which copy or title is appropriate in the case of a lost or irreparably damaged item. We always encourage you to talk with us & look again for a missing item, so that replacement fees are not needed. Refunds are not available, if paid items are later found.
  • Case books: $110.00 per item
  • Lost items are billed at the same replacement bill rate.
  • OhioLINK items: $125.00 per item*

*OhioLINK is not a substitute for required textbooks. 
If you ignore the overdue & billed notice for OhioLINK items kept out too long, and you return it after replacement-bill is generated, the fee is $50. OhioLINK items are not owned by Case–respond to your courtesy email notices promptly, or login to your library account once a week to keep everything current.

Return on time, re-order another copy if necessary--OhioLINK institutions share their materials generously and depend on everyone to honor the due dates.

At this time all library Fines & Fees can be paid using Case Cash, Cash or Personal Check.

Notices for Overdue & Replacement Fees
  • Courtesy reminder notice is sent 2 days before an item is due.
  • Overdue notice is sent via email 2 days after the due date.
  • Second overdue notice is sent via email 5 days after the first overdue notice.
  • Third notice is a bill and is mailed 14 days later. It is an automatic replacement fee plus processing costs.
  • Delinquent accounts, where the fine/fee notices are not acted upon within 30 days, are sent to collections.
  • Delinquent accounts are sent for collection. [July 2006]

Replacement copies are not accepted by the library in lieu of a replacement fee.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

  • Case, OhioLINK, ILLiad, KSL Freedman Center privileges, and poster printing services are suspended if account fines total $15.00, or when a bill of replacement has been sent. Your account must be paid and cleared to good standing in order to restore privileges for these library services.

General questions may be directed to the Kelvin Smith Library Main Service Desk 216-368-3506 or the Contact Us links 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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