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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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Kelvin Smith Library 201-G


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VPN Reminder

Library resources are accessed openly by Case wired computers or by using the Case Wireless network. If connecting in any other method, please install, turn on, and log into VPN.

At the bottom of the KSL homepage, a green light says you have full access.

KSL Hours

Hours change with the undergraduate academic calendar & holidays.

Check the KSL Hours before you plan a visit to KSL.

Welcome to Kelvin Smith Library (KSL)

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:

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Academic Library Oriention for International Students

Large academic libraries can seem complicated and overwhelming. This tutorial will help you familiarize yourself with CWRU's libraries by outlining:

  • Academic library resources
  • Academic library services
  • Resources for international students

KSL Location

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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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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.

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:

  • 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.) 

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!