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Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Loan

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


OhioLINK Resource Sharing

Search a title on the Case Catalog, and if our copy is unavailable or we don't own it, click the OhioLINK button to:

  • Order directly from OhioLINK member libraries
  • Designate delivery to the institution and library of your choice
  • Delivery takes approximately 5-7 business days
  • Track your request on your library account

If your library account is in good standing, you may also visit OhioLINK member libraries with your Case ID card and borrow directly.


SearchOhio Resource Sharing


SearchOhio, a consortium of Ohio public libraries, expands your library resources to millions of public library items that are requested the same way as OhioLINK items--just from a different catalog. Track requests from your Case library account.


Interlibrary Loan

When Case and the OhioLINK Central Catalog don't have what you need, order through KSL ILLiad interlibrary loan service.

  • Login to KSL ILLiad, set up an ILLiad web account, and access it anywhere, anytime
  • Order items you need and can't get locally or via OhioLINK/SearchOhio
  • Track request status and request history in real time
  • All articles are delivered electronically via automated courtesy email notices 
  • Click through the email and read your article on your ILLiad account, where it remains for 30 days

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 ILLiad, questions can be sent to smithill@case.edu or call Interlibrary Loan staff at 216-368-3517 or 216-368-3463. OhioLINK questions may be directed to the KSL Service Center at 216-368-3506.

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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