Kelvin Smith Library
The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) and the other Case libraries welcome you to campus and are here to help you!
Common resources and services include:
Large academic libraries can seem complicated and overwhelming. This tutorial will help you familiarize yourself with CWRU's libraries by outlining:
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.
KSL has impressive print and digital collections. Access to all KSL resources is granted based on your Case ID card and your Case library account. The Service Center on the main floor can help you with any question about your Case library account.
When you borrow an item from KSL for the first time, please see a staff at the Service Center to activate your library account (you do this only once). 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 Case ID card, or take it to the staff at the Service Center. You'll need your Case ID card in order to to borrow items. Journals, newspapers and magazines have to remain in the library.
Your Case library account allows you to:
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.)
Your Case library account also gives you borrowing privileges at our nearby affiliated libraries:
Not familiar with some library terms/jargons? This library dictionary can help you!