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Special Collections Space

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Special Collections is limited to members of the CWRU community only, through December, 2020. A valid CWRU ID will be required to enter the library.

Service Hours and Location

  • Visitors to Special Collections should come to the Henry R. Hatch Reading Room on the second floor of the Kelvin Smith Library.
  • Reading room hours are 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday - Friday, by appointment only.
  • Appointments can be made by contacting us at or 216-368-0189.

Research Services

  • We work one-on-one with our users to identify and provide Special Collections material for use in their teaching and research. Please contact us for a consultation!


Exhibits in Hatch Reading Room change regularly. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to view exhibits during open hours. Please see our Exhibit Program page to view our digital exhibits and learn more about what you see on display in the reading room and elsewhere within KSL.

Special Collections Contact Information


Phone: (216) 368-0189

Mailing Address: Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections, 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44106-7151

Students and Staff Looking at Documents in the Special Collections Hatch Reading Room.