KSL is open to current CWRU students, faculty and staff. For the health and safety of our patrons, the library will operate on CWRU ID card access only. To enter the building, you must have a valid CWRU ID card. Those without a CWRU ID card, including prospective students and family members (including partners, parents and children) may not visit at this time.
If you will not be returning to campus, you may ship your return items to:
Kelvin Smith Library
Attn: Access & Delivery
11055 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland OH, 44106-7151
When items are shipped, please obtain a tracking number for the package.
Your CWRU ID card is your library card
With your CWRU ID card, you may check out items from CWRU campus libraries, affiliate libraries, and OhioLINK member libraries. Expand your search for library materials beyond CWRU campus and affiliate libraries by exploring library resource sharing networks like OhioLINK, SearchOhio, and Interlibrary Loan. When visiting OhioLINK libraries, make sure to have your Library Account Number handy as well. Please contact the institution for more information about visiting and making use of their collections.
Your online library account
Login to your library account to track due dates, renew items online, and check the status of OhioLINK and SearchOhio requests. Check your library account frequently to avoid accruing fines and fees.
Loan periods and renewals
Most circulating books from Kelvin Smith Library have a 21 day loan period, with up to 4 renewals of 21 days each, barring holds or recalls.* For detailed information concerning loan rules of other library materials, please see the Loan Periods Table.
Most circulating books from Kelvin Smith Library have a fixed due date that falls at the end of the current semester, which may be renewed up to 2 times for 1 semester each, barring holds or recalls.* For detailed information concerning loan rules of other library materials, please see the Loan Periods Table.
Faculty and Staff:
Most circulating books from Kelvin Smith Library and Judge Ben C. Green Law Library have a 1 year fixed due date in May, which may be renewed 1 time for an additional year, barring holds or recalls.* For detailed information concerning loan rules of other library materials, please see the Loan Periods Table.
*Please note that Kelvin Smith Library and OhioLINK materials are always subject to immediate recall for course reserves. You will receive an email notice if an item you’ve checked out is needed back for this reason.
Special loans for faculty and staff:
Non-circulating books and bound journals:
CWRU faculty may be able to check out fragile, rare, or otherwise non-circulating materials from Kelvin Smith Library. Please check with a Research Services Librarian for more information.
Call the Service Center at 216.368.3506, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To connect with a Research Services Librarian, visit our Staff page.
Who needs a PIN?
- CIA students/faculty/staff
- CIM students/faculty/staff
- CWRU alumni
Patrons who require a PIN need it to view their online library account.
You will create a PIN the first time you log in to your library account.
You will also need your Library Account Number when setting up a Library account. To access your Library account, log in at My Library Account. (The first time you use the page, leave the PIN field blank and then set up the PIN on the following page.)
If you have forgotten your PIN, call your library or KSL's Service Center at 216.368.3506 to reset your PIN.