Close up of library users viewing special collection material at KSL
Special Collections & University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives is home to the Kelvin Smith Library’s rare books and manuscripts collections, and the records of Case Western Reserve University.


Two students using a printer at The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

In the Freedman Center, the Digital Scholarship Team brings expertise and technology together in support of students, faculty and staff pursuing interdisciplinary, collaborative and experimental research and learning. An open-concept workspace, the Freedman Center features dozens of state-of-the-art equipment, diverse hardware and cutting-edge software.

Images on display in art gallery for Black History Month

Did You Know? Black History at CWRU

Kelvin Smith Library, Art Gallery, 1st Floor

Did You Know? Black History at CWRU is an exhibit featuring the University’s history of notable Black alumni, organizations, and things you see around campus relating to Black history with materials from the CWRU University Archives.

The exhibit will remain on view until Friday, March 22, 2024.


Winners Announced for KSL's Book Collecting Contest!

Congratulations to the winners of the Kelvin Smith Library's Student Book Collecting Contest!

The winners were:

First place, graduate students: Thomas Eley, My Tea Journey

First place, undergraduate students: Michael Brough, Multifaceted Aspirations…

Laced with Love

Join Kelvin Smith Library, Flora Stone Mather, and Arianna Papai, painting student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, for a blackout poetry crafting event on Friday, April 26 from 12:45 - 2 pm near Cramelot Cafe on the first floor of KSL. 

April is National Poetry…

Therapy Dogs are coming back!

You've almost made it to the end of the semester! Take a break at the Kelvin Smith Library on Monday, April 22 anytime from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m to visit with Therapy Dogs from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Stay as little or as long as you like!

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