Collection Principles and Policies

CWRU Libraries’ Collection Diversity Framework

Librarians and library staff shall develop and provide access to collections that are inclusive of the needs of all persons in the community the libraries serve.

Donating Books

KSL may accept some donations within the scope of the collection development needs of the university.

Faculty Open Access Policy

In alignment with Case Western Reserve University’s North Star and its third Pathway, Achieve Social Impact, the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University is committed to disseminating its research, teaching, and scholarship as widely as possible beyond the campus and to communities that did not have access to it in the past. The policy as approved by the Faculty Senate on March 25, 2024.

Guiding Principles for Location, Retention, and Disposition of Kelvin Smith Library Print Materials

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) will consider the title’s format and its place in the historical record within the context of institutional research and teaching needs, inter-institutional collection commitments, preservation options, and the availability of items through alternative sources (online or print).

KSL Licensed E-Resources: Conditions of Use Policy

The purpose of this policy is to define how the Kelvin Smith Library responsibly supports the range of user privileges and to outline the requirements for the use of these resources for those authorized for access.

Streaming Films Acquisitions Policy

The licensing and acquisition of streaming films is complex due to the lack of industry standardization, pricing, and the variety of campus needs. The policy outlines factors considered in the acquisition of content, timeline expectations, and an outline of the process.