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Graduate Student - KSL Library Handbook

Introduction to KSL resources and services

Get Online Help

Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.

Borrowing Policies


  • Regularly circulating materials from Case libraries: 21 days, up to 4 renewals of 21 days each
  • Videos & DVDs: 7 days, no renewal. 
  • OhioLINK loans: 21 days plus up to 6 renewals of 21 days. (Recalls may prevent renewals.)
  • OhioLINK media: 7 days, no renewal, unless otherwise noted on the item.
  • Multimedia equipment: most equipment can be borrowed for 2 nights, while some items are short term, library use only loans.

Library Catalog/OhioLINK

Use the Case library catalog to find books, journals, films, music etc  in either  print and electronic format. The Case catalog covers holdings in the following libraries:

Case Campus Libraries                                         

  • Kelvin Smith Library                        
  • Health Center Library                      
  • Law Library
  • Harris Library                                 

Case Affiliated Libraries

  • CIA
  • CIM

Important tips:

  • You can search by author, title, subject, key word and more.
  • All electronic resources listed in the catalog contain a web link to the resource.  REMEMBER TO HAVE THE VPN software installed on your computer and be logged in so that you can access the full text of these resources.  If you are not sure, look for the red/green button on the KSL home page. Green tells you that you are connected to the network and red means that you must log in to VPN.
  • If you do not find what you need in the Case catalog -  try OhioLINK catalog.

Can't Find It Here? - Use OhioLINK

120 academic libraries are full members of OhioLINK. These libraries are distributed among 93 different Ohio colleges and universities. OhioLINK membership includes the State Library of Ohio, 16 public university libraries, 51 independent college libraries, 23 two-year college libraries, 16 regional campus libraries, 8 law school libraries and 5 medical school libraries.

Together, OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network, and its member libraries provide access to:

  • over 46 million books and other library materials
  • more than 100 electronic research databases
  • over 24 million electronic journal articles
  • over 100,000 e-books
  • nearly 85,000 images, videos and sounds
  • over 58,000 theses and dissertations from Ohio students at 31 Ohio institutions

Students, faculty, staff, and card holders from participating public libraries can use the OhioLINK Library Catalog to find and request materials online, then pick them up about one week later at the participating library of their choice. Users can renew books online and keep them for up to 15 weeks.

Find Print Books and Journals

Books and some journals are available in print format. Books are shelved by the Library of Congress call number system.

Look for the call number ( a combination of letters and numbers) on the spine of the book. Once you know the call number you can go to the correct place on the shelf and find the book.

Example :  Catalog record for a book owned by Kelvin Smith Library:


Journal volumes do not have call numbers. They are shelved alphabetically by the title of the journal.

For example: Journal of Marketing Studies will be shelved in the J's area on the first floor of KSL.

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