The Kelvin Smith Library opened in 1996, deliberately sited on the central grid of the campus master plan. KSL consolidated the collections of two former libraries into a building that quickly became known as the Heart of the Campus.
A hallmark of its design initiative was a focus on people as well as materials, offering a wealth of light, open spaces that inspire learning and accomodate collaborative efforts. Plans also focused on incorporating new technologies into the library environment, thinking forward to how people might use the library in the future, and what their tecnological needs and preferences might be in the coming years. NE Ohio press called KSL "the Library of the Future" and it was highlighted in the feature story "Building Libraries for the Information Age," and was the cover of the June 1996 issue of Northern Ohio Live magazine
Kelvin Smith Library serves as the main library for the university, and welcomes all who have research needs. KSL and its branch libraries and satellite collections has a combined collection strength of over 1.7 million items. It manages collections and services for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, and the Weatherhead School of Management.
Researchers enjoy a variety of study spaces, collections, and services that include: