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International Students Library Handbook

Welcome to the Library–here are useful tips, information, answers to help you get started with your research!

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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.

Study Spaces

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Kelvin Smith Library has 4 floors, 30 miles of compact movable shelving, and 900 seats for you to enjoy. You'll find a variety of tables, chairs, carrels, and shared spaces on all floors, each with it's own environment and activity level. Find the public space that's best for you & your work!

1st Floor, Popular, Active, Group Study:

  • Small tables with workstations, large study tables, comfortable chairs, Brody chairs
  • Journals (A-M titles), microfilm, magazines, newspapers
  • CPL (Cleveland Public Library)@Case-KSL public library site collection (near the cafe)
  • Cramelot cafe, with nearby newspapers and leisure magazines
  • Art Gallery@KSL, near the Cramelot cafe (rotating collections)
  • Dale Slavin sculpture Man Reading with Birds (2012)
  • Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship
  • Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data Center, Research Poster Printing (part of the Freedman Center)
  • Large seating area, casual seating overlooking Art Museum lagoon
  • Computers, guest computers, printers, copiers, KIC scanner (to your USB drive or send to your email)
  • Main Service Desk for borrowing materials, Course Reserve, OhioLINK items, help from library staff
  • Keith Haring sculpture Two Dancing Figures (1989)


2nd Floor, Popular, Quieter:

  • Research Commons for Faculty and Graduate Students (Flora Stone Mather Room)
  • Government Documents
  • Large study tables, comfortable chairs
  • Special Collections Room (open for quiet study, weekday daytime hours)
  • Casual seating near windows and in corner areas
  • Technology Classroom 215
  • Computers (Case network ID/password login)


3rd Floor, Preferred Quiet Spaces:

  • Book collections
  • Large study carrels in the book collection area
  • Large glass-enclosed study area, Quiet Study Room
  • Collaboration Rooms for group study (groups can check out keys at Main Service Desk)
  • Casual seating in 'lobby' area & around staircase areas
  • Faculty-assigned study rooms


Lower Level, Active; Journal Area Quiet:

  • Journals (N-Z titles) (closed area)
  • Group Collaboration Rooms (groups can check out keys)
  • Classrooms classes (LL01 and LL06)
  • Vending machines (hot & cold beverages, snacks)
  • Casual study tables & booths
  • Lockers for day-long or semester use (checkout keys at Main Service Desk)

Collaboration Rooms

When you need to practice a presentation, or just work together on a project, KSL has spaces that can help you do your work without affecting others around you.

Collaboration Rooms are on the 1st floor close to staircase, 3rd floor in the Quiet Study Room, and on the Lower Level. They have a large table and 6 chairs, a whiteboard for work, and  lots of new technology (wall-mounted  42" LED TV, etc.) Borrow the whiteboard markers/erasers and cable to hook up your laptop at the Main Service Desk. 

Reserve a Collaboration Room online or check out the room keys at the Main Service Desk.


Image result for computerComputers are available in large groupings on the 1st and 2nd floor. There are stand-up stations as well as seated stations.

Several computers on the 1st floor are designated for Guests – please use the other computers and logon with your Case network ID/password.

The 3rd floor has several stand-up stations, good for looking up book titles. All 2nd & 3rd floor computers require the Case network ID/password login.

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