International Students Library Handbook: Home

Welcome to the Library–here are useful tips, information, answers to help you get started with your research!
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There are parking meters available on the streets surrounding KSL. More parking spaces are available at the underground  parking garage, with an entrance off of East Boulevard. The attended garage is between Severance Hall and the Library, and has hourly fees. An elevator near the glass Security Booth takes you to the plaza level and the main entrance of the library.

Parking is also available in visitor lots throughout the university, and at nearby museum and hospital lots.

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VPN Reminder

IMPORTANT NOTE about access to library resources:

If your computer is not connected directly to the Case network via ethernet cable, you may authenticate using VPN. If you are off campus or using Case's Guest wireless, you must have VPN installed, running, and logged in on your computer.

The library homepage has a network connection status indicator in the lower left corner. A green light means your campus network connection is active, or a red light means you need to authenticate with VPN. The status indicator looks like this:

VPN indicator green light

On campus, Case Wireless is the preferred network and does not require VPN. If you cannot connect or it is not working, Case Guest wireless with VPN is your other option.

Welcome to Kelvin Smith Library (KSL)

The Kelvin Smith Library and the other Case libraries welcome you to campus and are here to help you.

Common resources and services include:

Access to KSL Resouces

KSL has impressive print and digital collections. Access to all KSL resources is granted based on your Case ID card and your Case library accountThe Service Center on the main floor can help you with any question about your Case library account.

The libraries are self-serve–browse the shelves at the library to look for books you'd like to read. When you find a book you'd like to borrow,  take it to the SelfCheckOut station & check it out with your ID card, or take it to the staff at Service Center. You'll need your Case ID card in order to  to borrow items. Journals and newspapers and magazines have to remain in the library.

Your Case library account allows you to:

  • Renew online and avoid fines
  • Check on the status of held items or requested items
  • Cancel requests for items you no longer need

Your library account automatically gives you borrowing privileges at any campus libraries and at OhioLINK member libraries, for collections that normally circulate.  (Example: Music libraries have varying privileges and the Rock and Roll Hall Museum Library is an onsite archive with reading privileges only.) Read more about the borrowing privileges at Case and our nearby affiliate libraries.

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Kelvin Smith Library

KSL Hours

Hours change with the undergraduate academic calendar & holidays.

Check the KSL: Hours or Hours Hotline (368-6500) before you plan a visit to KSL.

Helpful Phone Numbers

Service Center


Contact Us for general questions, comments, borrowing, OhioLINK, etc.

Hours Hotline

Today's Desk Hours & semester hours

Reference Services

Reference email, live chat, appointments
Get help on finding the research you need!

Freedman Center

Language Learning, multimedia center

Special Collections

Unique local & historical collections

Kulas Music Library

Music resources, collections, staff, location

Astronomy Library

Books & journals, resources, location